As I write this, we’re just a few weeks away from the world’s largest plein air event, and I’m getting more excited by the day. It’s my first time attending the Plein Air Convention and Expo (PACE), and it’s my first time visiting the San Francisco area. As a newbie, I thought it would be a good idea to review the event’s FAQs.
While some of the info I found applies specifically to PACE, you’ll see that some is helpful for attending any type of plein air painting event, especially if you’re flying with art supplies. Use the comment section below to give me your advice for either PACE, San Francisco, or just to say hello!
Plein Air Painting in San Francisco (and Beyond)
Outerwear for Painting Outdoors in the Southwest
- light rain coat/windbreaker
- warm clothes and items that you can layer – we don’t know what the weather will do!
sturdy, closed-toe shoes for the paint-out sessions
- a good hat with a wide brim — keeping the sun off of your neck as well as out of your eyes
- consider wearing pants instead of shorts or a skirt — the desert is full of sharp, scratchy plants
What to Pack for Plein Air Painting: Flying with Art Supplies
From the Plein Air Convention & Expo FAQs
If you’re flying with art supplies, note that the TSA won’t allow solvent in carry-ons or checked baggage. Solvent will be available at the event from Gamblin (simply stop by their booth — they’ll even collect and recycle the used solvent). Bring a vessel to store the solvent in once there.
Make sure you pack these items with your checked luggage, as you cannot include them in your carry-on:
- tube paints
- mediums for oil, acrylic, and watercolor
- palettes with paint on them
- containers carrying paint out of the tube
- sharp tools like knives, palette knives, razor blades, or scissors
Items that you can carry on:
- easels in backpacks
- clean palettes
- pan watercolors
- canvases, panels, and paper
- drawing materials (pencils, pens, charcoal, erasers, or Conté)
- paint cups, trays, and empty vessels for water and solvents
- bottles of ink (3 oz. or under)
- hand wipes
- plastic gloves
Take only what you will actually use and is relevant to the medium you work in to keep from having to pay for extra weight and having to lug it around. If flying, it’s best to check-in your art gear and supplies. Alert the TSA of the contents of your baggage by attaching a label or note that lists the art materials within.
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