I definetely prefer painting indoors, it is much more comfortable, but almost all what I do last few years is outdoors plein-air. Only do some final correction at home. Painting outdoors is more err... interesting I would say. Sometimes it's cold or raining or windy or insects flying and you can use that in your work. Here where I'm now is really bloody cold and windy and snowy, and when the temperature gets lower then -2 degrees, your watercolors turns into ice. When I faced that the first time, I was almost mad of that, but then I realized that it's almost redy textures for mountains. The same is with the snowflakes or raindrops, they produce interesting textures too (if it's not too strong rain or snow of course).
Thats a difficult question. Most of my paintings are done indoor since I need a whole desk and a lot of time to complete a whole picture. And often the paper dries too fast for some techniques. On the other hand the outdoor sketches i did when i was traveling are very precious to me. They may not be so appealing to other people but hold more memories than photos for me. So i would definately recommend to grab a sketchbook and a small watercolorkit and give outdoor painting a try. Plus that leads to interesting conversations with strangers. My tip for traveling with small equipment: those containers for analog films are great reservoirs for the water. Even waterproof, though i d wrap a plastic bag around them for safety issues
I like to paint outside, but inside is better because every time I try to paint outside, I can only do sketches... I have to take so many things, and pack up my livelihood... it's just a lot of work for some sketches.
I've met only a few Marcella's before, and only one other Marcel...the masculine form and not the feminine XD It's rare to find someone who has the exact same name as me tbh, but close is good enough, right?
To be honest, I shouldn't let the bugs in the pain bother me, It's not like I don't have cat-hair in my paint all the time when I'm working from home.
Indoors cuz I have better control over literally everything.. but I painted outside for few times, yes. I don't feel like the works are finished at all and I would need to retouch them at home anyways... but I think it's all about practicing tho!
CaveofdreamsFeatured By OwnerJul 22, 2016Hobbyist General Artist
I love painting outdoors..especially in summer or fall. The singing birds, falling leaves, gentele breeze, the silence... so relaxing. I don't like finishing my artwork indoors. i've never lost anything. Every small thing like rubber, pencil, binder clip is marked with a vivid neon colored sticker so I can find them in the grass easily.
I honestly don't paint all that often but i find doing it outside calming and more inspirational. I guess it also helps that i normally paint stones and the like so i don't have to worry about the wind whisking awat my paper! XD
I tend to draw and paint indoors because it's easier for me to clean up and I don't have to worry about running out of water or leaving my stuff. I want to paint more often outside, but the humidity and all the transportation of all my things make it a bit more difficult.
I'd rather paint indoors No leaves and twigs falling on my paper, or bugs being blown onto wet paint (though that happened indoors once too ), and, most of all, no disease-carrying mosquitoes to expose yourself to. Depends on where you are, though. And what you paint. Though I looove looking at landscape paintings, I don't have the patience for them.
Mosquitos drive me nuts and make me angry ...I would probably roll the paper and hit them with it So no painting (paper) would be left. I like animals, all animals are equal, but sometimes my nerves And everything scratches so much after the bite, I get so restless...couldn't concentrate on painting something. Just the thought of a mosquito makes me itchy.
These are indeed practical reasons While leaves, bugs and stuff is mostly annoying and threatening to the painting itself, mosquitoes are also dangerous. Where I live, ticks are actually more a threat than mosquitoes, but still it's no fun to be bitten by neither of them Or you can try some repellant... maybe there are some nice textures and effects you can achieve sprinkling repellant over wet paint?
hahahahha I'll have to try that! XD and a lovely scented painting it would be, too! And then I'd have to title it "Smell Me!"
I do nature photography, too, and when it's mosquito season, I'm all, "But I reaaaally want to take pictures! But the mosquitos! ;-;" So my camera just sits there or I try to set up some still life indoors.
It's quite difficult not to forget a thing when ou go painting outdoors. Painting outdoors is of course wonderful, but personall I do it very rarely, because I know how it always ends: I forget to take water or pencil or rubber, there are ants and wind is blowing and people are curious and I'm paranoid and can't focus In spite of what I say, I will be going to Norway in September and there I'm going to paint landscapes because I have no camera.
That's exactly why I rarely go painting outside too, I prefer to just make sketches with pencil or watercolor pencils and capture it quickly without curious insects landing on my paper and curious people peeking from behind my shoulder Interesting idea to challenge yourself, a painter's version of hiking without GPS Good luck with capturing those beautiful Norwegian landscapes! Hope you'll share them with the group
I live in Georgia. The humidity is so high, use of watercolor paper outside is nearly impossible. In a place where you can hang up a dry towel and it's wet when you come back, it's best to not use anything absorbent when working outside!
It's mostly a waste of time around here. It takes so much longer to dry, even in direct sunlight. Last time I tried, I was in Charleston SC, about a 4.5 hour drive from here toward the coast, and my paper warped and my colors ran everywhere. It was a mess. It nearly destroyed the painting. It was savable, but I had to get it inside first! I had to use Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground to make it work (and it barely did at that!) because of the damage to the paper.
Woah, that must be so harsh conditions to work for a watercolorist! Especially considering Georgia is so rich in beautiful landscapes that just beg to be painted How do you manage to keep the humidity out of the house?
I actually like painting both in and out-of-doors! Mostly I don't have enough time to make a finished painting in plein air, so I'll make a smaller quick watercolor sketch, take a photo for reference, and then use those for a finished piece at home. The watercolor sketch helps remind me of how I felt about the place, what I wanted to capture, the colors, etc. more than a photograph often does. (It is fun when I am able to finish one outside, though! )