Weather will be VERY cold!
You might want to bring a sketchbook drawing/painting time might be short. If painting inside they do not open until 10:00
SUGGESTIONS ON WHAT TO BRING
For your personal comfort dress in layers. Take care of exposed skin. Snow and sun are dangerous for your eyes wear sunglasses, and a brimmed hat. Sun can bounce off your painting and cause sunburn even in the winter. Use sunscreen. Buy hand and toe warmers at Canadian Tire. Winter painting is not for the unprepared.
For the sake of art:
Camera (cell phone is a good choice)
Folding chair Note: To keep your body warm keep moving. It is safer to stand.
Plein Air easel and/or
Plein air pochade box
Paint and drawing supplies of your choice
Watercolour will freeze, you may wish to use alcohol instead of water.
If acrylics freeze it will ruin them. Take care to keep your tubes from freezing.
Water soluble oils, using solvent is your best bet in this weather. You can still wash your brushes with soap and water when you get home.
I do not recommend the use of salt to keep your water from freezing. Salt will change the chemistry of your paint, and could have an adverse effect on quality of the paint over time.
SPECIAL NOTES ABOUT OJIBWAY NATURE CENTRE
If we can sketch indoors there are some restrictions. There can be no “trip hazards.” Therefore, no easels or equipment on the floor. You can bring in a chair to sit on. They do have a sitting area that looks out at bird feeders, a pond, and the woods.
If you are painting inside the Nature Centre, we suggest that you treat this as a sketching opportunity. Bring sketchbooks, coloured pencils, watercolour pencils, and anything that you can safely confine to your lap.
Of course, if you wish to work outside you may bring all your gear. The washrooms are available.
Here is a link to Google Map for directions: http://goo.gl/maps/aGRHM
We are looking forward to seeing you Monday.
Emergency Contact information:
Emergency contact person day of event only, is Elizabeth Gaye MacDonald’s cell phone. 519-564-4361 This phone is only answered when I am out on location, it does not have call display or take messages. If I don’t answer try again.
General contact information:
Email PaintPleinAir@gmail.com for more information.
For all other phone inquiries please call Elizabeth Gaye MacDonald at home at 519-977-5687