Monday, December 16, 2013

tips for keeping warm while painting

pastel 6x6
This is a plein air piece that was finished in the studio. Brrrrr, it's cold outside, but painting outdoors is absolutely wonderful. Gone are all the greens. Make way for the beautiful neutrals!
While working outdoors with oils you can wear full coverage gloves, but hen you work with pastels you have to have at least your finger tips exposed. You need to hold and feel the pastel. Here are two of my favorite tools help pastel artists from freezing.  Wool fingerless gloves are a must. I like the kind with the half fingers, rather than the open hand. Second, once those fingertips are frozen (if you don't have a car nearby to warm them) take out one of those little bags of heat (especially the reusable ones- link below.) Keep one in your pockets and break it open. Presto! You are good for a couple hours more. Happy outdoor painting!

Check out this link for reusable heat.


Bob Lafond said...

Yikes, It looks like painting a warm, warming pastel must also help!

loriann signori said...

That's right Bob...think warm!