Less than a month before the plein air competition and I have yet to buy proper supplies for the event. If I were to guess, I'm putting it off because I'm anxious about it.
1) What is the most helpful took for outdoor painting? I was thinking of dragging my french easel out, but I think I should just buy a pochade box. Thoughts?
2) I cannot grasp tree leaves. Not even close. Anything that was a break through in understanding how to paint fully leaved trees?
3) What do you prefer to paint when you are outdoors? This will be in a small town in southeast Wisconsin. Mostly it's fields, sloping land, grazing cattle, trees, 150 year old church at the top of a hill, 2 other 150+ year old churches, a few other in town interests, the rest is kind of industrial and has no romance or appeal.
4) What sells at plein airs? I haven't even the foggiest idea. And by sells, I also include what do people generally enjoy seeing?
It looks like there's 80 people who are interested in walking the plein air to watch the artists and we have a full 35 artists who are painting which is actually a happy fact as our little town doesn't have any real attractions or diversions.
One thought I had is there is a very old farmhouse in town that was originally a country grocer (remember those? with the squeaky hard-wood floors and the screen door that slammed shut behind you?) The place is now an ice cream shop/hamburger stand. There's seating area with picnic tables and big colorful shade umbrellas that might make for a fun, colorful painting.
The constraints of size of canvas and time to paint (one day) means I'll need to paint something that conveys the idea with out adhering to strict realism. So I want to select something that I could actually achieve...
Any thoughts, suggestions, warnings, omens, (lol) please do share. Thank you all in advance :-)