Saturday, 27 February 2010

Saturday stream

Managed to get out into the sunshine on Saturday and painted a nearby stream which feeds into the Ouse. It was cold but so nice to be outdoors amongst the elements. A little furry creature swam across the water a couple of times but I'm not sure what it was. It didn't seem to mind me hanging around for a while anyway.

I liked the lines/shapes of the overhanging branch and reflections. The sun kept popping in and out which made it tricky but sometimes you have to rely on a bit of memory. The key is to observe with intent so that you have the information safely tucked away! This isn't something I've mastered but practicing is certainly the best way to improve. Anyway, here's the pics....






 and here's the furry friend....



Monday, 1 February 2010

Self reflection

A few more self portraits...practice, practice, practice....





Snow paintings emerging

Well, I've been tackling a few of the snow studies and hope to get them wrapped up soon. I don't find the rural landscape so interesting at this time of year (lots of dreary browns) so it's nice to have all the light and colour to work with.

I've tried my best to keep things loose and fresh but I find it quite tricky. I'm determined to persevere because I don't want to be a slave to detail and have to 'render' everything. It's not that I'm lazy...it's just that I don't think it's so important anymore. Proof will be in the pudding I guess!



This was a cloudier day but I stumbled across this little scene and enjoyed the more subdued light. The sheep made a little cameo at the top of the hill for a nice ending touch! The original location study is shown below and hopefully you'll agree the studio piece (above) has ironed out a few of the compositional creases (in my defence it was so cold I didn't have much time to think about the composition on the day!) 


and finally for now, a scene with light through the trees by the river. I did another location study of these trees before the snow arrived and thought it would be interestng to contrast the two. I'm hoping to work up both pieces into more resolved pieces at some point but hopefully you can get an idea from these pieces.