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Field Studies & Outdoor Plein Air Paintings

Chris plein air paintingAlthough the majority of my larger oil paintings are painted at home in my art studio, I spent a good deal of time out in the Welsh countryside gathering reference material, making preparatory sketches and trying out ideas as smaller scale paintings or as drawings in my sketchbook, that I then work into finished pieces back home.

I often paint from the comfort of my car, especially so if the weather isn't lending it's self to outdoor painting. I either open the tail-gate and sit on the back shelf, as in the image right/below, or I sit in the passenger side and paint, which affords me more room, and of course has no steering wheel to get in the way. You can watch a video of me painting from inside my car here.

I enjoy using many different mediums for this, from small oil paintings made using my pochade box, watercolours directly into my sketchbook, ink line and wash and sometimes just simple graphite drawings.

My plein air oil paintings are painted using a beautifully hand made pochade box by Rowley Abbey of Abbey Easels. To find out more about my pochade box and how to get your own visit my 'What Is A Pochade Box? ..And How Do You Use One' blog post.

My watercolour sketches are painted into various sketchbooks, my favourite being my Moleskine Sketchbook. These sketchbooks are also where I do my line and wash and my graphite work.

Painting Outdoors in Wales

Below are a few photographs from some of my recent plein air painting adventures. Sometimes I enjoy the solitude of painting alone, which is usually the case when I'm gathering reference material for commissioned paintings. Sometimes I paint with friends, fellow artists or my students. It's all very casual and just about having fun painting outdoors, if you'd like to come painting with me get in touch.

moleskine sketchbook

Painting plein air with watercolours in my Moleskine Sketchbook at Glen Coe Lochan, Glen Coe in beautiful Scotland.

chris chalk plein air painting

Out for a day's painting in beautiful West Wales

Watercolour painting of Pentre Ifan

Watercolour sketching at Pentre Ifan, Preseli mountains, Wales.

Oil painting with a pochade box

Painting with my pochade box, at Dinas mountain in Pembrokeshire.

watercolour painting in Wales

Out with my watercolours, painting the estuary at Gwbert.

Painting from your car

Painting from my car, a great way to paint in winter or when it's raining.

Oil painting using a pochade box in Wales

Out with my pochade box ( and fancy chair ), painting in north Pembrokeshire.

Painting in Wales

Painting with friend and fellow landscape artist Diane Mathias, on a beautiful summer's day at Llanerchaeron in west Wales.

Painting with a pochade box

Painting using my pochade box on a day out in Pembrokeshire national park.

Painting Cwn yr Eglwys in Wales

Pochade box painting with friends at Cwm yr Eglwys, Pembrokeshire.

Ceibwr Bay painting with artist Diane Mathias

Out painting the rugged Welsh coast with fellow artists.

Painting in the Preseli mountains of Wales

Painting high up in the Preseli mountains in Pembrokeshire National Park.

Watercolour painting of Ceibwr Bay in Pembrokeshire

Watercolour sketch of the rock formations at Ceibwr Bay, a favourite places to paint.

Winsor and Newton watercolour field set

My Winsor and Newton watercolour field set, a compact and ingenious painting set-up.

pochade box in use

My pochade box set-up, I keep it simple and just use white spirit thinners, paint, brushes and a little liquin.


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