Plein Air Painting by Adrian Eisenhower

Spring is here and, for me, that means painting a lot more outside. This style of painting is known as Plein Air. I still think of it as early in the season and for some warm up exercises, I have made (and will continue to make) some quick pencil sketches. These help me explore compositional ideas in particular. 

 

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I have also dusted off the pochade box - a box that holds my panel and paints that mounts to a tripod - and taken it outside. I was enchanted by this hillside in Lakeview Cemetery, and the early intimations of Spring in sprouting daffodils. 

I have also dusted off the pochade box - a box that holds my panel and paints that mounts to a tripod - and taken it outside. I was enchanted by this hillside in Lakeview Cemetery, and the early intimations of Spring in sprouting daffodils. 

Here is my plein air painting kit. My goal this season is to really slim it down. At the moment, it is still a rather heavy amount of gear. The numbers are a little hard to see but this is what I have-  1. Manfrotto Tripod- this model and make is heavy, but in this case weight can be a benefit. It is not likely to tip or blow over in windy conditions.  2. 8x10 Panel Box- I made this box out of readily accessible materials. It is a good way to carry my panels and to pack out wet panels after painting.  3. Paper towels on a Bungy Cord- I like Viva paper towels. The bungy cord lets me hang the paper towels on my pochade box.  4. Pochade Box- this is made by Open Box M. This holds my panel and paints while I am painting.   5. Brushes  6. Paints  7. Medium and Turp Jars  8. Cheese clothe  9. 5x7 Panel Box- for smaller paintings I use a cigar box with velcro  10. Backpack

Here is my plein air painting kit. My goal this season is to really slim it down. At the moment, it is still a rather heavy amount of gear. The numbers are a little hard to see but this is what I have-

1. Manfrotto Tripod- this model and make is heavy, but in this case weight can be a benefit. It is not likely to tip or blow over in windy conditions.

2. 8x10 Panel Box- I made this box out of readily accessible materials. It is a good way to carry my panels and to pack out wet panels after painting.

3. Paper towels on a Bungy Cord- I like Viva paper towels. The bungy cord lets me hang the paper towels on my pochade box.

4. Pochade Box- this is made by Open Box M. This holds my panel and paints while I am painting. 

5. Brushes

6. Paints

7. Medium and Turp Jars

8. Cheese clothe

9. 5x7 Panel Box- for smaller paintings I use a cigar box with velcro

10. Backpack

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Night Passing the Earth onto Day

Night Passing the Earth onto Day

From Rocky River Metro Park

From Rocky River Metro Park

CMA at dusk

CMA at dusk

Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls

Merced River

Merced River

Tenaya Lake

Tenaya Lake

El Cap Meadow

El Cap Meadow

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