Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year is in it's second year. A finished painting in 4 hours, when I normally take 15+, no pressure there then!
This is how I prepared after being selected to take a place in one of the pods. Although what happened is still pretty hush, hush so you'll need to watch it it you want to find out if it worked.!
Plein Air Sketching #2 We’re already a week into Bucks open Studios and it’s been busy. On the first day I was at Green Dragon and decided to do some Plein Air Sketching outside our venue. The weather was perfect, a bit dull but warm with the sun making the odd appearance. This is the view. Inspiring isn’t it! *sarcastic look* Not quite my choice, fairly flat but with a lovely trail of pylons. The cars might have been interesting, if I had limitless time. I decided to simplify, as who knows how long they would remain. This is the sketch taking shape, aided by a few coffees. It’s interesting to hear people’s reactions to pylons, with many feeling they spoiled the view. Sketching was slow going with several corrections before I was happy with the layout. Then the paints came out. Before leaving it to dry. Instead of leaving it overnight, I used kitchen towel to blot away the excess ink and speed up the drying time. Here’s the masking fluid being taken off And finally the finished painting. The Green Dragon exhibition will be finishing on Sunday 19th June (Today) but the rest of the open studios […]
Plein air painting requires a degree of endurance. Which was certainly required when I set up my easel here, by Beaconsfield church on a chilly Sunday lunchtime This was a test run. I’m aiming to finish a painting over a 6 hour period with a 4 hour time limit on the actual painting activity. One day I will explain why, but not today, you’ll have to be patient. I only had 3 hours to work in. I knew it wasn’t going to be a complete test but I have to start somewhere. After 1 hour 45 minutes, including a break to thaw out my fingers, I had the pencil sketch. I simplified the drawing as much as I could to fit the time frame. This was what I’d done by the time I stopped for the day. Back in the studio, I spent another 1 hour and 30 minutes masking it up. I had a workshop the following day so took it along to use in the demonstration. Timings get a bit fuzzy now but I spent about 20 minutes on the first painting stage. I then went in with more inks to define the windows and foreground features. 10-15 […]