- First and foremost wear clothing that is comfortable for the weather and that you have unrestricted movement in.
- Dress in layers for the changes in the weather as you are painting.
- Wear a hat so that the sunlight doesn't shine into your eyes.
- As a general rule wear clothing that is a medium to darker neutral. Bright clothes will reflect onto the painting distorting the colors.
- Fingerless gloves work well in cold weather.
- Wear closed toed shoes, no sandals and long pants if walking into rougher terrain.
- Always bring water with you
- After you are comfortable with your clothing, remember the insect repellent!
I'd like to tell you about an experience I had one time not paying attention to the color of my shirt. I wore a bright pink shirt out painting. I mixed some paints on my palette and put it on the canvas. It was too warm, so I mixed it again. Still too warm. I couldn't figure out why I couldn't get the color right. It looked so different on the palette than it did on the canvas.
Then I realized.... I was wearing a pink shirt. The color wasn't reflecting onto the palette so much, but was reflecting onto the canvas making it impossible to mix the proper color. I never did that again! I posted a photo of myself painting with a red sweater on. I would never paint with that sweater on in real life, but it was for a magazine article. It was a winter day and of course I didn't want to pose in some of the clothes that I would normally wear out painting.
At the time I didn't think about how unrealistic that photo was, but then, the general public probably doesn't have a clue. I'll be trying to keep up my posts and tips here on Easel Notes during the Celebration, but it may be difficult at times. Bye for now and happy painting