Plein Air Painting at Beaconsfield Church – the Results

©2016-Cathy Read- Beaconsfield Church WIP 2- 50x40cm - Watercolour and Acrylic ink

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

©2016-Cathy Read- Beaconsfield Church Plein Air WIP 1- 50x40cm-600
©2016-Cathy Read- Beaconsfield Church Plein Air – beginning of the sketching.

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.

©2016-Cathy Read- Beaconsfield Church Plein Air finished drawing- 50x40cm -600
©2016-Cathy Read- Beaconsfield Church Plein Air finished drawing phase with the subject in the background

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.

©2016-Cathy Read- Beaconsfield Church WIP- 50x40cm - Watercolour and Acrylic ink -600
©2016-Cathy Read- Beaconsfield Church first painting done

I then went in with more inks to define the windows and foreground features. 10-15 minutes perhaps then I did the windows after some drying time.. That was all I was able to do at the workshop.

After a hairy drive back to the studio with a wet painting, I was relieved to see nothing had shifted in transit.

The next day I finished the painting and left it to dry. I’d promised the workshop participants I’d bring it the following week so they could see the grand reveal.
Tuesday last, I was able to finish.

Here are the detail shots after the clean up. Some of the graves…

©2016-Cathy Read- Beaconsfield Church WIP detail graves- 50x40cm - Watercolour and Acrylic ink
©2016-Cathy Read- Beaconsfield Church – detail graves- 50x40cm – Watercolour and Acrylic ink

Then the lovely porch…

©2016-Cathy Read- Beaconsfield Church WIP porch detail- 50x40cm - Watercolour and Acrylic ink
©2016-Cathy Read- Beaconsfield Church WIP porch detail- 50x40cm – Watercolour and Acrylic ink

And, after the clean up, this is the overall result…

©2016-Cathy Read- Beaconsfield Church WIP 2- 50x40cm - Watercolour and Acrylic ink
©2016-Cathy Read- Beaconsfield Church

I ended up needing to add some white so the finished painting looks like this..

©2016-Cathy Read- Beaconsfield Church - finished painting
©2016-Cathy Read- Beaconsfield Church – finished painting

So, what do you think?

Did I do it in the 4 hours?
Not quite, but I think I should be quicker next time.

Next time I’ll show you how my experiment with gold leaf went on a painting of Big Ben.

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3 Replies to “Plein Air Painting at Beaconsfield Church – the Results”

  1. Nice technique -it really works well. Looking forward to seeing you on that 4 hour painting programme that you’re not suppose to mention.

    1. Thank you Malcolm. I’ve been wanting to publish and reply to your post but, as you know, I had to keep it hush hush. Delighted to say, no more, the cat is out of the bag. Thank you for your words of encouragement.

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