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Have you tried painting outdoors?

Asked by Haleth (19518points) February 18th, 2010

When spring starts, I want to start doing this all the time. My new neighborhood is full of natural beauty- there’s a great field right outside of my house, and I have a collapsible easel. This is something I’ve only done two or three times, and it was so much fun. I really love painting cityscapes. Once I was in an art class and we were drawing the World War two memorial in DC. There were a lot of veterans there, and some of them told us that we were wasting our time and should join the military. We also painted from a park where it looked like homeless people had been camping. It was an interesting class.

So… what are some of your favorite places and subjects? What materials do you like? Do people ever comment on your work while you’re painting?

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TexasDude's avatar

I almost always paint outdoors, usually with acrylic since it dries quickly. I usually get alot of female attention when I paint outside. Feels good, man ^_^

KhiaKarma's avatar

I used to paint outdoors when I worked in the childrens program at a shelter. We would use paint and sometimes colored shaving cream to “paint” each other. Good times.

Sounds like you have agreat environment to paint in your neighborhood. Spring is such a nice time of year, that it is great to take those moments so you can enjoy it!

gemiwing's avatar

I don’t paint often, but I do enjoy doing my pastel work outdoors. You simply can’t beat the lighting.

I like nature, going to parks and sketching the people at play, going out in winter and chalking out some bare trees. There’s so much out there, inspiration around every corner.

ragingloli's avatar

The Vulcan Science Directorate has determined that I have not tried painting outside, because I do not have a long enough powercord for my PC and the sunlight would diminish contrast considerably.

SeventhSense's avatar

I have enjoyed the Plen Air but I don’t like to be a spectacle so I’ve gone off the beaten path to paint. I hate when people talk to me when I’m painting. I’m in a different frame of mind.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I have painted outdoors before,but generally don’t like to be watched when I work.It is my time to concentrate on what I am doing and listen to my music without interruption from people and bugs ;) Funny ,I am out-of -doors daily and am inspired by nature and it is a huge part of my work.

squidcake's avatar

It’s strange because although I can be the outdoorsy hippie type, I don’t like to paint outdoors.
I can only be productive when I’m shut in a room, hunched over, sound-blocking headphones on, tunnel-visioned on my work.

Every time I try to draw/paint outdoors there’s always that one person who’s gotta come up to you and stare shamelessly at what you’re doing. Makes me feel uncomfortable. :/

Cruiser's avatar

Yeah….I was getting ready to sell my house and was painting the outside trim on Thanksgiving Day!! It was colllld brrrrr…

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