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Summer is great time for plein-air painting! Do you prefer painting indoors or outdoors? Why? Share your tips how to prepare for plein-air! 

80%
242 deviants said Indoors
20%
62 deviants said Outdoors

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ayjaja Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016
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).
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing this with us. I never painted outside :B
It on a to do list...someday :giggle:

Latvia...Latvia nice...me likes Riga very much Meow-thank You 
But the weather yes, not so warm...but every other girl has a short skirt, like there's no cold at all :O

Thank you for submitting your beautiful paintings to our gallery La la la la 
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ayjaja Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016
hehe actually I'm in Russia, in Vladivostok now and it's full of snow! But in Latvia now it's snowing too, I guess.

Thanks for huh thankig (%
I like your group really much, thank you for your hard work.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016   Traditional Artist
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Riana-art Featured By Owner Edited Aug 19, 2016  Professional Artist
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 :-)
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing this great info with us. Huggle! 

I never tried outdoor painting, but maybe I'll some day give it a go.

That outdoor sketches of yours really have to be precious...everyone can take a photo, but few are able to capture something with their own eyes and hands La la la la  :tinyhappyclapwithbounce: +plz 
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Shnapoodle Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
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Ithilloth Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016   General Artist
It's similar with me! I love painting and sketching outside... just often lack the patience to it :giggle:
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Shnapoodle Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D we share a bond like no other lol...
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MNat Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Professional
Bugs get stuck in my paint when I paint outside D: and I always seem to run out of water too fast!
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016   Traditional Artist
We almost share the same name Anime Emoji (Yaay)  (I rarely get in contact with someone who has the same name than me, that's why I'm so happy)cute blush 

Bugs...nature needs them, but not art Giggle 
How can you run out of water Huh? ...I do clean my water in between, but...to run out?
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MNat Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Professional
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.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016   Traditional Artist
Ha ha ha...sometimes it's good to have a unique name wink grin 

My parents always joked that they didn't want to give me a name, where when they would call me, 10 other children would turn around (because they would have the same name)  Giggle 

But it sucked at school, I couldn't sign my name on the wall or table...everyone would know exactly who it was hmpf  But I still did draw on it, just not sign, a simple M was enough :eyebrows: 
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SCHIZOPHRENIC-ALICE Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
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! :)
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you for your comment. :happybounce: 
Well, at least you tried to paint outdoors...I haven't I am a dummy!  It never occurred to me I should try it.

Practice is good Bear Emoji-01 (Good job) [V1] 
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Caveofdreams Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016  Hobbyist 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. :D (Big Grin) 
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016   Traditional Artist
Another expert in outdoor painting.
That's an amazing idea with marking your things Tard Idea 
It's a great tip for others!

Thank you for sharing this information with us :happybounce: :D (Big Grin) 
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mopface3455 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016
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
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016   Traditional Artist
:D (Big Grin) ...good one...with the stones.
Being outside is always great and if you find inspiration then even more Nod 
Good luck with your painting.

Thank you for your comment Hug 
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ZeldaGeek401 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
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. 
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you for writing your thoughts on outdoor painting. Huggle! 
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barananduen Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016   General Artist
I'd rather paint indoors wut? 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. ^^;
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016   Traditional Artist
That was a honest description of your thoughts on outdoor painting. :D (Big Grin) 

That mosquito part has to be the worst. I hate it at night when I'm being attacked by a swarm of those Day56 - Happy Cry And just the thought of painting and going through this hell...no, than you No, I disagree! 

Thank you for your comment B-) (Cool) 
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barananduen Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016   General Artist
Then it would turn into abstract art from swatting at them with your brush hand, too! XP Mosquito Art!
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Shnapoodle Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016   Traditional Artist
Mosquitos drive me nuts and make me angry :night-mosquito: ...I would probably roll the paper and hit them with it :angry:  So no painting (paper) would be left.
I like animals, all animals are equal, but sometimes my nerves CURSE YOU! 
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. :itchyeye: 
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barananduen Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016   General Artist
hahahahah XD
Yes! The bites last for days! x.x And they itch the worst when you want to go to bed!
Yeah, not best painting conditions XD lol
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016   Traditional Artist
Enough about mosquitos (let us leave those little flying devils Devil Dummy ), let's go paint La la la la  Yeah :happybounce: 
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Ithilloth Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016   General Artist
These are indeed practical reasons :nod: 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 :B
Or you can try some repellant... maybe there are some nice textures and effects you can achieve sprinkling repellant over wet paint? :slow: 
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Shnapoodle Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ticks.... oh gosh no. Bugs are icky as is....
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016   General Artist
Yeah they are Fear And the deadly disease ticks spread is definitely not fun: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyme_dis…

Thankfully I won't count how many times I've been bitten and my health is still okay :B
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Shnapoodle Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is good.... we wouldn't want to end up with sickness.... we need health to paint :)
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barananduen Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016   General Artist
hahahahha I'll have to try that! XD and a lovely scented painting it would be, too! :laughing: And then I'd have to title it "Smell Me!" :giggle:

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. :laughing:
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016   General Artist
Hahaha, well you have your challenge now! Hopefully no mosquito approaches you by then... nor the painting :giggle:
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SarkaSkorpikova Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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 :D :) 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. :)
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016   Traditional Artist
That's a great description of behind the scenes of painting outdoors.
That forgetting part has to be the most annoying one. :mad: 

Norway sounds good La la la la  lots and lots of pretty nature...but too cold :coldtard: for my taste...I think :prod: Blue 

Thank you for sharing your outdoor painting experiences with us.

Have a nice trip to Norway!!! :travelling: 
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Ithilloth Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016   General Artist
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 :lmao:
Interesting idea to challenge yourself, a painter's version of hiking without GPS :D Good luck with capturing those beautiful Norwegian landscapes! Hope you'll share them with the group :dance:
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MulciberVolcanus Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Professional General Artist
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!
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016   Traditional Artist
This comment (the towel) made my day :D (Big Grin) victory !!!! 

You really have hard working conditions for painting outside.

But I do have to ask you, have you ever made a finished painting...any kind...outdoors? Bear Emoji-37 (Wondering Question) [V2] 
Is there anything you can do to make a watercolor painting in this situation, or is it just a waist of time? :sigh: 
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MulciberVolcanus Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Professional General Artist
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.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016   Traditional Artist
For me not having those conditions it's really unimaginative to live in such an environment. That really opened my eyes how difficult it has to be to paint in certain areas around the world.

Maybe you would have more luck with acrylics...those dry fast, but you wouldn't have to moisturize them Giggle  This sounds like a perfect art medium for you I am a dummy! 

Thank you for the reply Love 
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:iconmulcibervolcanus:
MulciberVolcanus Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Professional General Artist
Nah, I love watercolor. I just paint at home or at the pub and leave outdoor painting for after summer.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016   Traditional Artist
Watercolor rules Bring forth thy happyface 
Wish you lots of happy painting La la la la 
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Ithilloth Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016   General Artist
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 :tears: How do you manage to keep the humidity out of the house?
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:iconmulcibervolcanus:
MulciberVolcanus Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Professional General Artist
Dehumidifier. Runs almost nonstop in the summer.
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016   General Artist
And to think we use humidifiers here to keep the air healthy... :lmao: I'd sure be glad to take some of the humidity from you!
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MulciberVolcanus Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Professional General Artist
Haha! By all means! I'd freely give it.
It was 98° F (37° C) and 92% humidity yesterday while I was trying to conduct an outdoor wedding.
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tuningmyheart Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Professional General Artist
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! :) )
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016   Traditional Artist
Wow Wow! , you sound like a real outdoor pro! Everything is so well organized La la la la 

I like your approach to outdoor painting, it's great. If I would do outdoor paintings I would probably do something similar. 

Thank you for sharing this information with us...it's a great tip Hug 
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