How to get started into Plein Air Painting on a Budget!

think of it as buying and learning on a payment plan


  • 1 Sketch Pad 9”x12” Canson Classic or Arches Pads in :Drawing in Sketch, Drawing or Creme
  • graphite pencil F, 3b
  • Powdered Graphite and store it in a small make up container for travel screw on top/ leak proof
  • ArtBin Twisterz 3.9oz large short container great to store dry products-powdered charcoal
  • Paper Towel 1 sheet to smear the graphite
  • stump and Tortillions $4.91
  • kneaded eraser
  • Kum Pencil Sharpener $11.76
  • Clear Mesh Bag with Zipper 5ish”x8ish” for drawing supplies
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All the basic art principles taught in our art program in Atlanta in the drawing classes and painting classes:
LEARN TO MEASURE FORM LIFE, DRAW SIMPLE FLAT SHAPES, FIGURE GROUND RELATIONSHIPS drawing form life is hard enough than having to deal with the paint issues. 

Bring Your Own Chair

Camp Time Roll a Chair $49.99 amazon

travels and packs up well, I love the back support and the height off the floor for my legs.

Buy a back pack:
Back pack to carry everything, water, food, bug spray, and art supplies

Redwing Back Pack 44 or 50 if you plan on painting later I recommend one of these back packs and it is depending on the amount of stuff you pack
with the Couture Compact all you need is the 44, the Standard Couture requires the Redwing 50 ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1441550544&sr=8-1&keywords=redwing+44

oil/ watercolor/ draw using an easel

TRIPOD your own tripod is free! and the palettes all connect to all easels
Tripod for any paint box will work, start with your own tripod. if you do not have a tripod you might want a lighter and smaller one for transportation

Silk F740 economy Tripod $49.95 closed size 21 to 58 inches 2.8lbs

Silk 8000 Tripod 49.00 Closed size 23” to 59” to 3.6lbs
has a slight more stability but is taller when packing airplane flights each item your bag gets another lb heavier and it adds up. ie=UTF8&qid=1441548456&sr=8-5&keywords=silk+8000
Guerrilla Painter No. 17 Flex Easel $73.78
great canvas/ drawing pad/ watercolor/ panel holder
attaches to any tripod, ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1441550183&sr=8-1&keywords=guerrilla+no+17

Weather Stripping $5.65
I add Frost king EPDM Rubber Weatherseal 5/16 x1/4 weather stripping to the inside of the holder reduce the lip over hanging my art work ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1441550337&sr=8-1&keywords=epdm+rubber+weather+seal +5%2F16

Guerrilla Metal panel holder

Guerrilla Metal panel holder and Coulter Standard Easel

Easel Plein Air form Art Box and Panel COULTER EASEL
Standard size $145 is great when you are not hiking, my favorite,
Perfect for mixing the Triadic Circle Palette amazing harmonies

Compact Easel $135 travels well, just a great size

Newton Air Tight Deluxe Brush Washer $39.00 ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1441550716&sr=8-1&keywords=newton+air+tight+deluxe +brush+washer

Gamsol solvent

2 Clear Bag with Mesh 7″x11″ is for paints and supplies

Raymar Wet Canvas Carrier for Panels 9″x12″ or 12″x16″ $24.05

Brass Hook $4.00 from Open Box M
hooks to my Couture Palette to hang my turpentine wash tank


clear mesh bag for supplies

clear mesh bag for supplies

Paper Towel Holder    $20.00
Open Box M     Open Box M paper towel holder

Saw tooth Picture Hangers $1.94
attach the picture hanger to the wood front right side or right panel to hold the brass hook ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1441550997&sr=8-3&keywords=saw+tooth+picture+hangers

Really works Paper Towels Cleaners by case only $90 / 6 containers / 90 towels in a container
unfortunately sold by the case find a friend and share ie=UTF8&qid=1441551195&sr=8-2&keywords=really+works+hand +wipes&condition=new

Paint and Brushes

Rosemary Brush Co. Ivory Filbert for use with arches Huile Paper sizes 2-5
Robert Simmons Signet Fan Brush size 3 bristle

Robert Simmons Signet Bristle Filbert Brushes 1,2,4 works great on all other canvases other than Arches Huile

Plein Air Painting requires you the artist to focus on all the art tools which you have learned in the art classes and painting classes. at first it can be difficult simplifying and focusing. The first drawing class rule which is repeated in the painting classes 1. Breathing is good. 2. focus on the message. if rule two fails revert to rule 1. Breath[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]