Plein Air Sketching in Dragon Country

©2016 - Cathy Read - Removing the masking en plein air painting at Green Dragon- digital image

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.

©2016 - Cathy Read - Getting ready to paint at Green Dragon - the view- digital image
©2016 – Cathy Read – Getting ready to paint at Green Dragon – the view- digital image

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.

©2016 - Cathy Read - Pencil drawing for plein air painting at Green Dragon- digital image
©2016 – Cathy Read – Pencil drawing for plein air painting at Green Dragon- digital image

Then the paints came out.

©2016 - Cathy Read - Painting begins en plein air painting at Green Dragon- digital image
©2016 – Cathy Read – Painting begins en plein air painting at Green Dragon- digital image

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

©2016 - Cathy Read - Removing the masking en plein air painting at Green Dragon- digital image
©2016 – Cathy Read – Removing the masking en plein air painting at Green Dragon- digital image

 

And finally the finished painting.

©2016 - Cathy Read - Green Dragon Pylons - Painting finished- watercolour and acrylic ink
©2016 – Cathy Read – Green Dragon Pylons – Painting finished- watercolour and acrylic ink


The Green Dragon exhibition will be finishing on Sunday 19th June (Today) but the rest of the open studios venues are open until 26th June.
I’ve work at Chafor Wine, Claydon House, Vitreus Art and the Woolpack.

I will be demonstrating at Green Dragon again today (Sunday 19th June), Painting a Citroen H van. I’d love to see you if you’re able to make it.

Details are in the Art Trail.

These are the times and places I’ll be present and demonstrating. The venues are open at other times. Full venue details and opening times are in the Art Trail Leaflet.

Sunday 19th June 10am-5pm – Green Dragon
Monday 20th June 2-5pm – Woolpack
Tuesday 21st June 11am 2:30pm – Claydon House
Wednesday 22nd June 11am-5pm – Chafor Vinyard
Thursday 23rd – June no demos
Friday 24th June 11am-2pm – The Woolpack
3- 5pm – Chafor Vinyard
Saturday 25th 10am-5pm – Claydon House
Sunday 26th 11am-5pm – Chafor Vinyard

Hope to see you somewhere over the next week,

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