Last week I managed to paint outside again. At the weekly `unofficial' AVA session all the other attendees decided not to risk it and remained in the hall. This new idea has worked quite well, as apart from the obstacle of inclement weather, the majority of members prefer to paint indoors.
Yvonne, on the extreme right, taking a break after her exhausting weeks exhibition at Wells, contemplating having to paint another 50 plus to replace those sold! She doesn't just paint, but frames them as well, also cutting her own mounts!.
From left to right Kath, Brenda, Helen and Jo
There were ten of us in total and it was a sad occasion due to the death a few days earlier of Alan Coster, a popular and much respected member of the group. Alan will be sorely missed by me personally and other members.
Nevertheless we painted and I set myself up in the car park next to my car. This is the scene I was contemplating
The first issue was what to leave out? The wall on the left was one obvious thing and also the large tree and shed on the right. I reduced the scene to the tree in the middle with the cottages in the left distance, and also the fields behind that slope up to a prominent clump of trees at the top. There are also houses behind the tree which you can just glimpse through the branches and leaves.
Fabriano Artistico 20" x 14" Extra White Not 140lb (300gsm)
The actual scene has been greatly simplified. I started with a simple pencil drawing avoiding detail. I know it is large for a plein air painting but I don't like painting small. Greens were Sap Green, Green-Gold and , Hookers. I added blue to both Sap Green and Hookers for the darker areas. Other colours were Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue, Raw Umber and Raw Sienna. I may have used some Cerulean and Quinacridone Rust. Brushes were the Escoda retractables, mainly size 12. I use these occasions to experiment- at least that's my excuse..
Afterwards the paintings were displayed in our usual manner. The `official' Autumn indoor season starts in two weeks time with the first subject `Summer Holidays'.
That's it folks.