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5 Plein Air Painting Tips for the Beginner

When you are new to plein air painting (painting outdoors), you may have a few questions: 1. What is a good plein air painting easel? My favourite easel is a French half easel. It fits most of my painting supplies and gives me a tray to place my palette on and a shelf for my painting supplies. However, it's always good to go and see what other plein air painters use. Talk to them and ask them why they have chosen…

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Still Life Painting, 22nd June 2022, Ruby Bay

Meet us for still life painting on 22nd June 2022, 10am, Silverbirch Farm, 300 Pomona Road, Ruby Bay. I will do my best to set up a pleasing still life for those who would like to paint inside. However, if the weather is fortunate you can paint outside and enjoy the views over the bay towards the Richmond hills or the other side towards Mt. Arthur. There are plenty of chickens, goats, ducks and horses to paint as well. Please let…

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Plein Air Painting, 1st June 2022, Founders Heritage Park, Nelson

Meet us for plein air painting on 1st June 2022, 10am, Founders Heritage Park, 87 Atawhai Drive, Nelson. Founders Park offers historic homes, a windmill, church, cars, buses, airplane and hopefully coffee if the cafe is open…  Please bring your painting supplies, a chair, bug spray, sun screen, morning tea/lunch and good weather. Officially this is the last plein air painting for the season. The weather is now getting more and more unpredictable which we experienced clearly at our last session…

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Photos of Plein Air Painting at Grossi Point

Gosh, the wind was unbelievable, brisk and chilly. One easel went flying the other one was stabilised with a lot of weight. Hard core plein air painting, that's what it was. Still, the sun was shining. We were challenged but happy.

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Plein Air Painting, 25th May 2022, Grossi Point, Mapua

Meet us for plein air painting on 25th May 2022, 10am, at Grossi Point, Mapua. Drive towards the Mapua Wharf and turn right at Tahi Road (last right turn before you arrive at the wharf). Grossi Point is at the end of the road by the boat ramp. We will be able to see the Richmond hills, boats on anchor and the tide will be coming in with high tide around 12pm.  Please bring your painting supplies, a chair, bug spray,…

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Photos of Plein Air Painting at Ruby’s Espresso, Nelson

Plein air painting was a bit different this time. We were at Ruby's Espresso on Akersten Street, Nelson, which had a lot of guests coming and going, ordering drinks and food, sitting down, chatting, reading, etc. Talk about a busy place. Some of the guests came up to us to check out what we were doing, some were quite inspired and may join us next time. It was lovely to have a little chat. I painted at group of people…

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Plein Air Painting, 11th May 2022, Ruby’s Coffee Cart, Port Nelson

Meet us for plein air painting on 11th May 2022, 10am, at Ruby’s Coffee Cart, Akersten Street, Nelson. Driving down Akersten Street towards the marina Ruby’s coffee cart will come up on your left hand side. Toilets are in walking distance. The area offers boats and an industrial scene, however there is no shade. Please bring your painting supplies, a chair, bug spray, sun screen, morning tea/lunch, and good weather. If you have any suggestions on where to go for plein…

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