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Book details
  • Genre:ART
  • SubGenre:Techniques / Watercolor Painting
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Painting With Ev Hales
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:110
  • eBook ISBN:9780987114129

Painting En Plein Air

Teaching - Techniques, Tactics, Tips

by Ev Hales

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“Painting en Plein Air” takes you outdoors to explore the challenges of painting the real world. Practical tactics and techniques are used to illustrate a wide variety of subjects with tips to empower you. From simple pen and colour through to complex paintings the artist travels a journey of strategic thinking to simplify issues and make anything achievable. If you love painting outdoors this book will challenge you. If you would like to try painting en plein air and do not know where to begin, this book will inspire you. If the creative process fascinates you, seeing the subjects chosen and how the artist arrives at a finished product will intrigue you. Any subject found in nature - figurative, landscape, boats, buildings, floral, sky and water all appear in this book. Discover what makes Ev Hales tick and how you can harness some of the magic for yourself.


An inspiring, practical book that encourages you to “Have A Go” and capture, in paint, any scene you see outdoors. Practical painting strategies and tactics simplify a range of subjects - from simple to complex. Watercolour is used because it is the most easily transportable, outdoor painting medium. From a watercolour pencil and water filled brush to a full painting kit discover ways to capture the essence of the day. How to maximise the use of different kinds of paper for certain subjects. Watercolour can be carried anywhere at home or overseas without fuss and wet paintings are not a problem. Ev Hales, a talented artist and skilled tutor, takes you on a journey through a variety of subjects and painting challenges as she demonstrates ways of thinking to approach your subject. She takes some of the mystery out of the whole process and empowers you to try things you might not attempt. Understanding the bonuses and limitations that you encounter when painting en plein air helps to keep realistic goals. The ability to extract an image from the magic of an outdoor moment is the motivation for working en plein air. Fresh ideas come from being on site because the weather is always changing and something always happens when you sit for hours in one place. If time is limited other strategies for ways of thinking and working are needed. Learning how to take the immediacy of the outdoors into the studio is an absolute bonus. This ensures that the out door experience lives on in the studio space where more complex and larger works are possible. A wide variety of subjects are explored with simplified approaches to give maximum impact with minimal work. Figurative, landscape, urban, water, skies, boats, buildings and floral paintings are illustrated and discussed in this ebook. With over 100 images you see a visual smorgasbord along side clear descriptions - allowing you to absorb information in your own time. Most important is the thinking behind these fascinating images. You are shown what has been done and more importantly, why it was done at that point in the painting process. Ev Hales believes that nature is the best teacher of all and following the exercises in this edition will give you the confidence to join the exciting en plein air classroom. This is the first in a series of 10 ebooks “Painting With Ev Hales.”

About the author

Ev Hales lives in Melbourne, Australia. Although her home is surrounded by native bush, animals and countless birds, she is on the edge of a huge vibrant modern city. This duality of life intrigues her and informs her work. Trained as an art teacher she enjoys sharing a passion for paint with others over many years. Painting means discovering and interpreting the world we live in. A full time art career has seen her develop as an award winning artist, highly respected tutor and demonstrator in her field. She has a style that is unique and her mastery of the watercolour medium is extraordinary. Creating in a variety of mediums as a visual artist Ev is also a published author. These skills ( with words as well as paint) combine to reveal a gifted artist and a rare teacher. The en plein air teaching has taken her all around Australia and Europe. She has a consistent exhibition history over decades and is part of the Nillumbik Artists Open Studios program as well as a valued member of other art communities.