If you are an artist who is into photo to custom paint by numbers kit, then you probably find inspiration in drawing the human body. However, if you are up for more adventure and love hiking, you can consider painting nature and the beautiful view of mountains.
Sunsets and meteor showers have been common subjects for artists. You can try newer and more unique perspectives outside your conventional space. This is what most artists refer to as ‘Plein Air Painting’.
However, if you are willing to traverse on mountainous paths just to find the perfect drawing spot, you need some preparation. Here are some tips when hiking towards a painting location.
- Get your Body in Shape
Hiking on mountains put on physical stress on your body more than you can imagine. Get your body in shape with aerobic exercises and some weightlifting. Avoid also fattening and sugary foods weeks before the hike.
- Acknowledge your Limitations
You may want to paint an overlooking view from the mountain tops or of a sea of clouds. However, its important to know and acknowledge that you have certain physical limits that you must not overlook. While you want unique pictures, you don’t want to put your health at risk.
- Hike with a Partner
It is advisable to hike with a partner. In times of emergencies, you will need immediate assistance and your partner can be the person for that. It is even better if you have a group of individuals with the same approach to art and similar enthusiasm.
- Carry Essentials Only
The more items you carry, the heavier your bag and the more energy you will need. Hence, it is advisable to limit your carry-ons to the essentials only. Having a list and adjusting to survival situations can be effective in selecting essential items.
- Be Updated on the Weather Reports
You can plan your hike depending on the news pertaining to the location. The most common news you can base on is the weather report. It is already obvious that you can’t travel when the weather is bad. Always prepare for contingencies.
- Don’t Rely too Much on Guidebooks.
Guidebooks can be outdated and focus only on the general information. There are some details that you can only get from other experienced hiking artists that you cannot find in guidebooks. Learn to approach them and get more detailed information.
- Equip Yourself with Hiking Boots
Hiking boots or shoes along with other important gear are essential for your hiking trip. If you are planning to be a hiking artist, then better invest on brands with great quality.
- Be Mindful of Quantities
Elevation gain, miles covered, hours of daylight and personal speed – be mindful of these quantities and consider them in your hiking strategies.
- Have Enough Water
As a beginner, you might opt for having a large container for water. But as you become familiar with hiking, you will realize that there are water storage systems better than a large jug.
- Keep a Positive Attitude.
Your goal is to paint a picture of the environment. Condition yourself to be effective and efficient as quickly as possible because you don’t have all the time in the world. Take advantage of this time and maintain a positive attitude despite the challenges.
For most artists, plain air painting is a great approach for thinking or seeing outside the box. If you are inclined to literally crossing the mountains for an inspiration to draw, be responsible enough to make ample preparations.