“The best advice I got when I was beginning to paint en plein air was to keep it simple,” says Brienne M. Brown.
“If things are simple, you’re more likely to do them, and the best way to start plein air painting is to just get outside and do it. The easier you make it to grab your gear and go, the more likely you are to develop the habit and stick with it.
“An important first step is to minimize your supplies for painting en plein air. Decide what is absolutely necessary and try to fit everything into one or two bags. Here’s the key: The supplies in your plein air bag should be separate from your studio supplies. This is so that you can keep your bag packed and ready to go at a moment’s notice. You won’t need to go scrambling through your studio to find your favorite paint colors or brushes. When you’re ready to go and paint outside, your bag is ready and waiting for you.”