These are paintings on various subjects produced in my studio during August
Mixed weather this month from heat wave to the coldest Bank Holiday on record! I’ve been able to get out when the weather was good and here are my outdoor paintings.
I’ve been able to get out painting this month and its been great to be able to meet up with other artists and painting in interesting locations.
Being summer there is a lot of green about and the challenge has been to make these greens work, creating an interesting composition and balanced painting.
I’ve continued to produce sketches from Google Street view as they provide a huge source of images, great locations, opportunities to compose from 360 degrees photos, from viewpoints a plein air artist would never be able to reach and I can do them quickly.
Virtualsketching closed its site on the 15th July but VirtualTravelSketch has replaced it with weekly destinations. I’m still painting plein air and there will be another post to cover these paintings.
I took part in the Sky Portrait of the Week challenge. This was set up on Facebook every Sunday . I really enjoyed the weekly paint and gave me the opportunity to try painting portraits in watercolour whilst listening to an interesting conversation between artist and celebrity sitter.
Other work in May
I participated in a global sketch in May and June 2020 as a way of travelling the world from my studio. These are sketches produced over three weeks of Lockdown.
I’ve been using my sketchbook to continue with my free’er watercolour style. I’ve also entered a challenge with the Mall Galleries to paint from a live camera stream of Newlyn Harbour.
More detailed work from photos I’ve taken on walks with Molly and from the Mall Galleries feed.
With the lockdown in full force all my plein air work has been concentrated around the house and garden. I’ve been using a watercolour block with smooth paper and this has helped with more detailed work.