The biggest drawback working with oils is the gear you need for painting outside. If you are flying, your package (usually) is limited to 20kg. So the format must be keep small. I took a linen roll with me and cut equal pieces of 21×26 cm out. With tape I attached them to a board. At the end of the journey all finished linen pieces were very comfortable to transport.
Usually the summer on the bulgarian black-sae coast is pretty hot. Painting and sketching outside is not that easy. The best time is in the morning or in the evening or you have to watch for enough shadow. The advantage of the summer is, that fresh oil paintings dry much faster.
Part 2 from 4: All photos show locations from Sofia, the black sea coast, Gabarevo (a small village from central Bulgaria) and landscapes along the railway tracks. In the next two postings I’ll show some of my plein air paintings.
Some photos from my last summer trip to Bulgaria. The bulgarian trains are perfect for making landscape photos, the trains are slow, you can open every window, sometimes you can’t close a door – perfect conditions.