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Category - Plein Air Painting

Information for plein air painters. Including information on equipment such as easels, pochade boxes, drying boxes, panel carriers, portable easels.

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Best Pochade Boxes: A 2020 Buyers Guide

Overview What is a Pochade? A pochade (from French word poche, pocket) is a type of painting sketch usually done outdoors (‘en plein air.) Artists use a pochade to capture true outdoor colors and to capture the...

Plein air painting in Morocco: Telouet Sunset 2

Episode 10: Atlas Mountains – Telhouet Sunset Part 1

One evening on my recent trip to Morocco, I headed out of the village in the Atlas mountains where I was staying in the direction of the Sahara Desert. I came across this incredible landscape. It was a kaleidoscope of...

Episode 12: Telouet Town Center

I was a small village in the Atlas mountains of Morocco and did a small micro sketch. I sometimes do this to give me a feel for colors when I am in a new location. I thought I would convert it to black and white and see...

Episode 8: Marrakesh, Restaurant La Terrasse

Here’s a quick video showing a few micro paintings I did in one of the streets in Marrakesh. I was sitting down below on the street when I did them. The video shows where I was painting to give you an idea of...

plein air painting Lerici Harbor

Episode 2: Lerici Harbor, Gulf of Poets

Update: Thank you to everyone who voted for my painting in the January 2020 BoldBrush Painting Competition, to make it one of the FAV15% winners. In this video, I show some of the steps and process I used to make this...

Episode 7: Marrakesh, Jemaa El-Fna

To paint loosely but still convey a feeling for your subject means you have to say a lot with just a few brushstrokes. Read this post for some tips on how to do this. Cat. No. 1321 Marrakesh, Jemaa El-Fna – 12.5cm...

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Episode 6: Arset el Mellak, Marrakesh

Reflected Light The light on this street in Marrakesh was incredible. The shadows seemed to glow as if they had some magic light source. It seemed so intense. But how to paint light? That was my challenge in this...

Episode 5: Marrakesh Medina

Cat. No. 1318 Marrakesh Medina – 22cm x 30cm – Oil on Linen This is a somewhat larger painting in the same street as I did the micro painting, Marrakesh Alley. I went onto the opposite side of the street to...

Episode 4: Marrakesh Mosque

Here’s a video showing me painting in the street. And yes, that’s a pizza box I’m using! This is the cheapest and by far the lightest pochade box on the market! Cat. No. 1316 Marrakesh Mosque –...

Episode 3: Marrakesh Taxi Rank

One of the most important steps in the painting process is finding the big shapes and then simplifying them. See me doing this at 1:04 in this video. Cat. No. 1317 Marrakesh Taxi Rank – Oil on Linen – 2020...