Painting outdoors (or en plein air as some artists call it) is always a pleasure. Here’s some of the equipment I use when I’m painting. The painting box itself is called a pochade box and is designed to safely hold all the paints and brushes I might need during a trip as well as holding and storing two or three canvases or boards for painting on.

The key advantage to using a pochade box is that the design of the box stops the wet paint on the canvas being smudged in transit – always a problem with oil paint as it takes several weeks to dry.

Also essential (but not in the photo) is a supply of turpentine (for oils) or water (for acrylics), a selection of sketchbooks and pencils, charcoal or chalk, insect repellent, strong coffee and cake.

Loughrigg Tarn Painting by Lake District artist David Pott

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