Category Archives: Plein Air

Things to do when painting plein air with watercolors.

Plein air painting lesson – Changing light

Autumn Poplars watercolor painting by Joe Cartwright

I recently went on a 5-day plein air painting trip to the town of Tumut in NSW. The weather was perfect, with the main challenge being the changing light. Unlike most other places in New South Wales, where evergreen trees predominate, around the Tumut region, there are plenty of deciduous trees which add lots of Continue Reading …

Plein air watercolor painting

plein air watercolor painting title Misty morning Yarramundi by Joe Cartwright

Plein air watercolor painting has many challenges however its benefits make any effort you make well worth it. Not only has my work improved dramatically through painting outdoors but I also find the experience very relaxing and beneficial mentally. Only working from photos, especially those you did not take yourself, can be very limiting as Continue Reading …

Plein air watercolor painting problems

Last Mist - Glen Davis watercolor painting

Sometimes plein air watercolor painting problems seem tougher than at others due to non-ideal conditions, if you are on holidays and are there to paint then you just have to try and make the best of your environment. I recently spent 4 days painting at a little New South Wales town called Glen Davis. The Continue Reading …

Plein air watercolor painting in cold weather

Hawkesbury River plein air watercolor painting

Plein air watercolor painting in cold weather can present some unique challenges. If you are not aware of them your watercolor paintings could fail. Recently I went plein air painting with one of my friends. We had planned to paint the Hawkesbury River on the plains looking down from Freemans Reach above. The temperature was Continue Reading …

Painting light with watercolors

Hawkesbury River at Yarramundi plein air watercolor painting by Joe Cartwright

Recently I produced a couple of plein air paintings which I felt really captured the light. Painting light or how to represent light always fascinates me. So when I get it to work I am really happy. Both of these watercolor paintings were done at Yarramundi Reserve. The reserve is situated at the junction of Continue Reading …

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