Its been so wet and cold that its been really hard to get out painting. But here are some of my November results.
I’ve been try out new watercolour techniques and these are the results using Venice as a backdrop.
Due to our holiday to New Zealand I’ve delayed posting my plein air for a couple of months. Here some paintings from my trips out with Molly.
I’ve been painting on watercolour paper (W&N) on my plein air travels but I have recently returned to using my sketchbook. I bought a small square sketchbook for black & white studies, exactly like the one I used in London five years ago and have drawn a couple of sketches in between paint outs.
Also I have returned to a larger format sketchbook which has been unused for a couple of years and like the informality it offers.
Another busy month painting. I’ve returned to some of my favourite places and found some new ones with the two art groups I’m supporting.
Early August weather was wet and at times cold but the second half has been glorious.
Following our trip to Dorest in the Spring I’ve finally begun to get round to painting some of the places we visited. I’m using my own photos and trying some new watercolour/ink techniques.
We stayed in a village called Muckleford, which is situated by the river Frome. Every time went out we crossed the river over an old double bridge. This painting is from a photo I took on a walk to the local one evening.
Over the last couple of months I’ve been trying out layering techniques with watercolours and ink. This is an extract of a photo I took at Lulworth Cove, where I’ve taken the darks to their maximum, layered the greens and added the boat for interest.
Man O’War beach, looking over the cliff to the cove below. On the other side of the cliff is Durdle Door
A friend introduced me to the art gallery & framers in Leatherhead , Black Dog Gallery, after hearing they were looking for local scenes painted by a local artist.
I visited them last week and they agreed to take some of my latest plein air pictures. I’ve mounted and wrapped nine paintings and they’ve accepted all of them!
Also I’d painted their shop earlier and they bought the sketch!
I’ve asked them to frame up these two paintings and put them on show when they are ready. All very exciting!
I’m continuing to get out and about where the weather permits. Its either been hot or wet this month so its been variable.
The pen and wash method continues to work for me and I’m progressing with new ideas and techniques. But its slow progress. Somehow when you are outside you just see the view and don’t really think how to get the best from it.
I’ve been out with the Leatherhead Art Club and Surrey Hills Plein Air group but also just Molly and me!
Apart from dodging the rain bursts I’ve been using the warmer weather to get out and about with Molly. Sometimes I’m out with Surrey Hills, others its with Leatherhead Art Club or its just Molly and me.
My focus is watercolours, using the panoramic format, which I think works well.