I sometimes get asked about painting alone in the field and safety. I do it all the time and feel safe doing so. I usually go to well-traveled areas, don't go too far from the car, carry a cell phone and always tell someone where I'm going. (I was a good Boy Scout.) There are dangers, of course, that one can't anticipate, but you learn to roll with the punches.
If you're concerned about painting outdoors alone, you should consider joining a group for plein air painting or form one. If you're allergic to bees and get stung, someone can run to your car for your EpiPen. If you twist your ankle, someone can help you to your car or stay with you until help arrives. Or, if you fear loneliness more than the Great Outdoors, you'll have someone to talk to.
Recently, I started a "meetup" group for plein air painting in the Sedona and Verde Valley area. I thought it might be nice to join some other like-minded people and paint with them once in awhile. But because I don't want to be the organizer every time, I configured the group so any member can schedule a paintout. This is great, by the way, for people who may only be visiting from elsewhere for a short time; if they don't see a paintout during their time here, they can schedule one themselves.
Meetup.com has many other nice features - you can print out a roster of attendees, add maps and photos to give members an idea of what the area is like, and it's easy for members to RSVP or to change their RSVP. It does cost something to start a group, but for now, I've covered the cost. Later, I may charge a small membership fee.
My group had their first paintout yesterday. Although we had a small turnout, the group is in its infancy, and I'm sure it'll expand. If you're in the area, feel free to join the group and signup. Click here for the link.
I've included some photos of the day plus a couple of paintings I did from our location. We did have bees, by the way.
|West of the Canyon, 9x12, oil/panel|
|Into the Canyon, 12x9, oil/panel|