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 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 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, other times I paint with friends, fellow artists or my students.

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.

Art student painting in Wales

Painting with friend and fellow artist at Ceibwr Bay in west Wales.

Painting with a pochade box

Tuition on pochade box painting with one of my students in my garden.

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 with artist Elaine Cruse in Wales

Painting alongside fellow artists at Cwm yr Eglwys Church.

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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