Leave-No-Trace Painting

Wow.  Skateboarding and Plein Air Painting Prohibited!  Leave-no-trace has long been a camping phrase, but evidently some plein air painters need to take a lesson.  Oregon has clearly had enough of painters coming to enjoy the scenery and leaving a potentially toxic mess behind.  Plein air painting has had a great bandwagon following that lacks some foundational instruction – not all of it in painting.

Take all you brought and leave all you found.

Do not use tree trunks to wipe your brush (blazes are not your job).  Donot drag your wet palette or canvas through underbrush or grasses.  Do not use leaves or grasses to wipe out your containers.  Do not dump any thinner or medium.  Wildlife will not sit for portraits and they may not take kindly to your being in their living room.  Do not expect to be able to drive all the way to your painting site, and don’t try.  Don’t leave TP flowers behind!  (pack along a ziplock for that)  Set up where you have the space behind you to back up and look at your progress without trampling the vegetation.

Editing is your job – leave rocks, limbs, and tree trunks where they are.

Paint Wilmington painters know all this stuff – and more.



2 Responses to “Leave-No-Trace Painting”

  1. Jerry Smith 21. Apr, 2011 at 2:24 am #

    Painters are usually a group that appreciates nature. I’ve painted around the country and have never seen signs of careless painters. It’s unsettling that this was done to the point that a sign had to be created to discourage artists in Oregon.

    • nmarshall 22. Apr, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

      I agree 100%. Those signs aren’t cheap!

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