Plein Air Painting Tips by Dena Peterson

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Dena Peterson is an award-winning fine artist and plein air painter. She is known for her work in the film Loving Vincent (2017), a fully painted film depicting the life and mysterious death of Vincent Van Gogh. Here, Dena offers 5 quick tips for painting en plein air.

1. Paint shapes, not subjects

    

2. Look for a strong light/dark pattern

3. Have a plan and stick with it

Wild Iris by Dena Peterson, Plein Air Painter and Artist of Loving Vincent

4. Once you have a plan, then respond quickly and intuitively; be sure you squeeze out lots of paint before starting. Use a limited palette.

The Fountain of Youth by Dena Peterson, Plein Air Painter and Artist of Loving Vincent

5. “Plan like a turtle, paint like a rabbit.” –Edgar Whitney

Picnic Rock by Dena Peterson, Plein Air Painter and Artist of Loving Vincent

Artist Website: denapaints.com