Many of you have questions about the best way to paint "en plein air" or outdoors. Below is an example of how Nicole sets up her easel out doors in a "quick" but improvised way. But ANY setup will work, this is just an example.

Supplies can be found at Jerry's Artarama:

AskewTaylor, Michaels or AC Moore.

Click on any image below to enlarge it....

A basic aluminum easel is all you need, you can buy them at Jerry's Artarama, Askew Taylor or an art supply store. This type of easel can either be used on a table top or on the floor, hence the name "floor easel".

Most professional use a "pochade box", but they are quite expensive. Wooden French easels are also OK

If you want you hands to be free...
This small plastic wet-paint palette can be found at any craft store, or art supply store. The small ones have a YELLOW lid. You can use 2 basic clamps from any hardware store to clamp it to your easel, to free up your hands for painting.
You can puchase the paper disposable palettes to drop in here at any art strore.

It is just as good to have a basic wooden palette .

Please DO NOT bring paper plates or plastic plates. They tend to blow away and make it impossible to mix paints1

You don't need a lot of brushes, just a variety of sizes and shapes to choose from. Same with paints, don't bring so many that you can't find colors easily.

You can paint anything with just these four paints:

Alizarin Crimson
Cadmium Red Light
Ultramarine or Cobalt Blue
Cadmium Yellow
Titanium White


Oil solvent must be in a glass or metal container. Metal containers such as the one pictured above are available at art supply stores, but they are expensive. If you don't want to buy one, just use a very small glass jar and keep in on your palette with your paint.
Water based oils or acrylics use water and therefore you can just use a plastic container. Cut 2 holes opposite each other near the top, run a string through it and hang it from your easel.
Also bring:

• A bag or some way to transport all your supplies from your car to the painting locations
• canvas or board, whichever you prefer, but boards blow away in the wind less often and the sun doesn't shine through them
• paper towels
• a small plastic grocery bag is great to tie to the easel and put dirty towels in
• sunscreen, hats, water etc.