How Do I Handle Working Outdoors?

Just the thought of working outside is intimidating for many of the beginner learners on my courses.  There are many benefits of doing some drawing and painting outside, so here are some tips to prepare you to go out.

There are many obstacles to drawing and painting outside, the British weather is one of course as it is not always sunny and warm.  Then there is all the other factors like the fact you can feel very ‘on show’ with every passer-by looking over your shoulder! These interruptions in busy areas from inquisitive public are not always welcome or conducive to our best work. I will explain some ways of getting around some of the issues of working outside.

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What Type of Paper Do I Need?

This will depend on the type of media you are using (pencil, watercolour, acrylics etc.). Paper is important because if the surface is designed for your media then the results will be better.  The range of papers available is vast and it can be a bit bewildering in the art stores to know what paper is for what.  There are several factors to consider; paper weight, paper texture, paper colour and paper size.

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