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Tips for Plein Air painting with pastels
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Tips for Plein Air painting with pastels

I just returned from a plein air event in Fulton, MO where I painted one oil and 4 pastels. It was unseasonably hot but my perseverance paid off with a sale and awards, one being first place! The event was only 4 days so I sat up and took down my Soltek easel many times. One of the secrets to being able to focus on your art, is having your frame ready to go, with hardware on the back and if working in pastels, having your support, pastel paper or board, foam core, ( no cardboard!)  and your glass (I prefer Tru Vue ultra view, which is very similar to Museum glass.) A few other helpful items, hat, bug spray, water and sunscreen. When finding the perfect spot, you may need to settle for a not so great place to paint but you have permission to create a better composition, yes you can move trees and enhance the colors or subdue them! I enjoy recording my feelings about the scene, not just painting what I see. Another important subject....seeing and editing! Simplicity gives the art a feeling of calmness, that I feel is important. My goal is to bring the great outdoors in and let the viewer imagine their own story! Enjoy each day and live life to the fullest! Thank you for your interest! Susan

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