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Getting ready for Paint Out Norfolk 2023

Paint out Norfolk begins this July, in a couple of weeks. I am participating for the first time in the plein-air (open air) painting event.

The skills that you need as a plein-air painter take you beyond the realm of putting oil paint onto a surface. As an artist you've got to be organised, from both an operational point of view, by needing to get all of our kit right through to deciding where to paint and what to paint. The amount of kit that you've got to take with you, is quite substantial. When you paint with oils, you've got a wet painting at the end of the day, and quite a few oil laden surfaces too. Artists also need to factor in, sun protection, wind direction, bug removal (as a lot of flies regularly land on our colourful creations). Not forgetting the food and drink for the day. I've recently started to use What3Words to mark my painting locations. So that if I don't finish a painting I know where to come back to the following day.

My packing list includes:

Caudalie Sun Protection (reef safe/ UVA/ UVB)


*Water/ Coffee Yeti Flask


Paper Towel

S Hook to attach bag to easel

Clothes Peg for a range of uses

Old dog towel to lie wet pieces in the car on

Cushion to sit on the boot of my car and look at the view

Bag to put dirty overalls in

Wonder wipes in a handy ziplock bag

Small oil paint tubes 37ml from Winsor & Newton

Cradled Gesso Boards - useful in windy conditions from Jacksons


Brush Roll

Bag to carry everything in, and trolley from Ikea

Pots to put brushes in

At the Paint Out Norfolk event I'll be painting at Morston on the 17th July and Happisburgh on the 18th July.

You'll be able to purchase the paintings from this event after the private view and competition exhibition on the 20th July in Norwich. Here are the details:

Private View

Flint Barn Meadow,

Whitlingham Lane,

NR14 8TR on Thursday 20 July at 6pm

Hope to see you at the private view

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