My First Plein Air

We had an amazing day of outdoor painting at Lai chi kok park at the end of November; the sun was out, the birds were singing, we were lucky to catch the last of the autumn sun in HK. The weather since has turned a lot colder and wetter (Boo!).

It was my first time to do a painting outdoors so I was pretty excited!

My First Plein Air

The park here is very well kept and they have a beautiful variety of plants and trees. Not sure if u can see in the photo, but there were many koi fish and also turtles that were basking in the sunshine.:)

In regards of composition, I wanted to have the pagoda on the side of my canvas and the bridge above the middle of the canvas, in keeping with the rule of thirds guidelines.

My First Plein Air

I forgot to take a picture of my sketch as I was so engrossed (in the zone).

After quickly sketching, here’s my under-painting.

My First Plein Air

After a couple of hours. ta-da!

My First Plein Air

After some rendering. It’s not my most favourite piece but it was a nice experience and I had a good time out in the sunshine painting anyhow 😀

My First Plein Air

Things to bring for outdoor painting:

  • canvas/paper
  • acrylic paints
  • pencil + eraser
  • foldable stool
  • foldable easel
  • water
  • water pot/bottle
  • brushes
  • Kitchen roll for wiping brushes/messy hands
  • snacks/drinks


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