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Plein Air Painting Tips
Plein air painting first became popular in the 1880s with the Impressionists. The fact that paint was now available in tubes allowed these artists to work "in the open air" instead of their studios. This freedom helped the Impressionists capture the ever-changing light and shadows of their landscape and world. Today, modern plein air painters continue this passion for painting outdoors.
Plein air painting can be a wonderful experience, especially if you prepare properly. If possible, scout out your location beforehand to find what inspires you. Remember, you are the artist, so you don't need to include every detail in a particular scene - you are allowed to edit and enhance. Along with your Interactive paints, mediums and water sprayer, consider taking a few different surfaces or canvases. That way, when the light and shadows change, you'll be able to paint the new scene before your eyes. Always remember to take your "dirty water" with you for proper disposal, and bring a trash bag for dirty paper towels and other waste. Other handy non-paint items are a portable easel and stool, a snack, plenty of water to drink and sunscreen and/or a hat!
Because you have the ability to control Interactive's drying process with the water sprayer, you can work wet-in-wet if desired, even outdoors. The Liquid Slow Medium and the Thick Slow Medium will extend Interactive's open time, which can be helpful in this type of situation. Since the environment affects Interactive's drying and curing time, you might find that you need to use the Unlocking Formula instead of water to reopen paint layers. This is especially true if you are painting in a warm and sunny place! You can also use the Unlocking Formula the next day to reopen paint layers if you choose to "finish" your painting in the studio at a later time.