Sometimes I want to do a field study like this on the
spur of the moment. Often there isn't a place to sit down. So I've devised a
hands-free sketch kit that I can use even when standing. Below are photos of me
using that kit to show how this study was created.
The other day I shared photos of a handy new sketch kit
I’ve been having fun with. I used the same kit for today’s palette knife oil
painting, which was done on location in a canyon where I’ve taught Plein Air
Workshops in the past.
Many artists have emailed me for more details about it,
so during my Plein Air Workshop that
begins on January 24th I’ll show this handy kit to everyone in my workshop.
If you’d like to join us, that Workshop will meet for 5
consecutive Saturday mornings from 9am to noon. (Some of us may stay a bit
longer if we’re having too much fun and don’t want to stop.)
The first meeting actually begins indoors in a large
studio at the Irvine Fine Arts Center, and after a brief break it will continue
outdoors in an adjoining park where I will give a demonstration of how I work
During the indoor studio portion of the first class
meeting I will demonstrate a number of equipment options that may be of
interest to those who don’t have gear for outdoor painting. Some of these
painting setups are completely free, so that newcomers can try their hand at
outdoor painting without an investment in special equipment.
At that meeting I will also answer questions, give tips
and techniques for how I work outdoors on location, and I will review the
locations and directions for the places where we will meet over the following
four Saturdays. We will meet at a new location each week.
During the workshop I will also show details of the
sketch kit shown on my blog, and I usually hold a free drawing where someone
wins one of my demonstration paintings absolutely free.
Registration is handled by the Irvine Fine Arts Center and you can contact them at 949-724-6880. Refer to Tom Brown’s Plein Air Painting Workshop,
which is class number #149960. I
hope to see you there.
For those who missed yesterday’s post, below are photos
of that kit I mentioned.
thought I’d share something different today; a new sketch kit I’ve been having
fun with. Sometimes I want to knock out a quick sketch when there isn’t a place
to sit down or it isn’t practical to set up an easel. I’ve devised a hands-free
sketch kit that I can use even when standing in an out-if-the-way spot on a
busy tourist street. And it converts instantly to an oil painting kit if I
decide to take things a bit further than just a pencil study. The photo below
shows me using this kit to do the pencil sketch shown on today’s blog post.
the photo of me wearing the blue shirt I’m using this kit to sketch. In the
shot where I’m wearing a red shirt I’m using same kit to create an oil
painting. One of the cool things about this lightweight kit is that it’s so
small. It has a shoulder strap, so I can take it with me anywhere and it leaves
my hands free. Everything I need is stored safely inside: my sketch materials,
my paints, brushes, even my wet paintings. The shoulder bag measures only 8x11
inches and it’s less than 3 inches thick fully loaded.
Here’s a photo of the actual scene that I sketched today,
and below is the full page this study was drawn on, which measures 9.5x7
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During my Plein
Air Workshop that begins on the 24th I’ll show this handy kit to my workshop
students. If you’d like to join me for that workshop email me for details. firstname.lastname@example.org