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ATTENDING CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
In my last blog we discussed setting up your home studio and hopefully you have been setting yourself up for some great organized painting in 2020.
Now I would like to talk about those times when you may not be painting in your studio but are off to a workshop or class or even perhaps to a plein air outing ( I will be doing a segment on painting plein air and travel painting in an upcoming blog so stay tuned). It is equally important if not more so to be organized when out and about. If you have forgotten something there is no going back home to collect what you have forgotten.
Here are some tips about how to enjoy your away from home studio painting time more.
· BE PREPARED: arrive at class or workshop with your painting kit on time or a little beforehand.
· Have your surface prepared as required. Canvases should be painted with 2 coats of good quality gesso, watercolour paper stretched and taped onto your board, pastel paper cut to size and taped to your board.
· Do you require a photo or sketch of your subject? If so have this printed or sketched before class or workshop unless specified as not required by your teacher.
· KNOW YOUR COLOURS: Think about the colours you want to use and what mediums you will need and make sure they are packed in your painting kit. Check the requirements list supplied by your teacher and tick these off as you pack them. Use your colour wheel to assist you in your colour scheme if you are making the colour choices.
· Pack your Art Journal and notebook, Colour wheel and greyscale
· COME EARLY: Aim to arrive at class 10-15 minutes before the commencement time and lay out your kit, make a cuppa and organize yourself. You will be painting with friends so you may need to get aquatinted BEFORE the designated start time. Be punctual as this is only courteous towards the teacher.
· HOW TO LAY OUT YOUR PAINTING AREA: When laying out your painting area try to follow these simple procedures.
1. Lay out an old towel.
2. Prepare your wet palette if you are working in acrylics or your dry palette for oils. Lay out your pastels
3. Place your palette or pastels next to you on your right if you are right handed and on your left if you are left handed.
4. Stand your desk easel if you have on in front of you or stand your floor easel to the left of your working area if you are right handed and to the right if you are left handed.
5. Water basins and/or medium trays should be placed above your palette. If using water jars it is suggested you use 2-one for rinsing brushes while the other is left for clean water to be added to paint. Make sure the opening of the jar is wide enough for the brushes to fit in the opening. Do not overfill as you want to be able to swish the brushes around in the jar without slopping water over the sides.
6. Between the easel/work area and the palette place an old cloth or paper towel for wiping brushes on or cleaning your pastels.
7. Place your brushes at the back of the water containers/medium trays for easy access.
8. Ensure your any mediums you are may use are also available and a small quantity is placed in a clean lid or small container next to the water/medium tray.
9. Clip your photo/picture to the top of your canvas or easel or close by for easy reference.
10. For safety purposes store bags/trolleys etc close to walls or under tables to avoid anyone tripping.
11. Be considerate to others, if you are the 1st to arrive do not spread out, take only the amount of room you need to paint comfortably. If there is extra room once everyone arrives you can then start to spread out
12. An organized work area is effective & doesn’t need a lot of room to work well.
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