Christine Beirne: How to you paint plein air without an easel?

by | Oct 6, 2022

Do you ever have those days where it seems as if you’re not only late but forgot some important items at home? Well, about a month ago I took a workshop with Jove Wang in Santa Barbara. We all met for the first day at the marina. Well… I was late. It was muggy, cloudy and hot. If Jove wasn’t such a good painter – I might’ve skipped. I arrived about an hour late (parking was a problem!) and as I was walking with my backpack to the docks, I realized I had left my easel at home!! I thought, oh well… I can figure something out. Then, I realize I didn’t have any of my palette knives (they were in my easel) or a palette! (Which is part of the easel) It was tempting to turn back… but I wasn’t going to let any of that stop me.

I saw my friend (and fellow Ojai Studio Artist) Spark Taylor. She had a palette knife I could borrow and she was painting against a wall. So I used the wall to hold my piece and turned around often. I used another canvas board as my palette.

painting of a sail boat in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Marina                   10×8, oil on board

Surprisingly, even if everything working against me – the painting turned out well!

Come and see this and other new paintings during our annual tour! I’ll be open all 3 days.

Early Morning at the Meadow 10×8, oil on board

 

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