Claydon House Painting en Plein Air

Claydon House painting – not my first subject choice.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s lovely, just a bit clean and tidy for my usual choice.

As an artist who prefers creating her work in the studio, I still enjoy the opportunity to paint outdoors.
With the ongoing exhibition at Horizon at Claydon House, painting seemed obvious. So, I’ve taken advantage of the opportunity to paint in public, with all the challenges that creates.

My first day was cold and windy.

I tied my easel to the railing and added some clothing layers. I even required the finger-less gloves. But by the afternoon I was shedding layers and wishing I’d brought sun cream.

I planned to do a 4 hour painting…

but became engrossed. Here’s the results for the first day. (About 4 hours)

©2017 - Cathy Read -Claydon House Courtyard WIP- pencil - 40 x 50 cm
©2017 – Cathy Read -Claydon House Courtyard WIP- pencil – 40 x 50 cm

On the Sunday we were promised sunshine and warmth…

We got some sun, but little warmth. I persevered with clothing adjustments to suit. By the end of the day I’d started painting and started a second pencil piece. (You’ll have to wait to see that one.)

©2017 - Cathy Read -Claydon House Courtyard WIP 1 -watercolour and acrylic ink - 40 x 50 cm 600
©2017 – Cathy Read -Claydon House Courtyard WIP 1 -watercolour and acrylic ink – 40 x 50 cm 600

Monday brought fairer weather and the painting began in earnest.

Monday tends to be quieter, so there were fewer interruptions, although my pitch close to the tea rooms provided plenty of temptations. I remained resolute and here’s the point where I stopped.

©2017 - Cathy Read -Claydon House Courtyard WIP 2 -watercolour and acrylic ink - 40 x 50 cm
©2017 – Cathy Read -Claydon House Courtyard WIP 2 -watercolour and acrylic ink – 40 x 50 cm

After a bit more painting on Tuesday I was ready to start removing the masking.

I just needed to let it dry…

©2017 - Cathy Read -Claydon House Courtyard WIP 3 -watercolour and acrylic ink - 40 x 50 cm 600
©2017 – Cathy Read -Claydon House Courtyard WIP 3 -watercolour and acrylic ink – 40 x 50 cm

The removal of the masking fluid…

It’s always the point as which transformation occurs, and typically everyone wants to talk to you when you’re doing a stop motion reveal.

And here’s a still of the finished piece.

©2017 - Cathy Read -Claydon House Courtyard -watercolour and acrylic ink - 40 x 50 cm 600
©2017 – Cathy Read -Claydon House Courtyard -watercolour and acrylic ink – 40 x 50 cm 600

It’s not quite finished, I want to do something with the tree on the top left, but haven’t decided what yet, it’s close enough though.

The Urban Country exhibition runs to the 30th April and I’ll be there today and Sunday (15th and 16th April) and the plan is to finish the Clock Tower painting I started last week.

Please join us and bring some friends.

Details are here

Did I mention we’re next door to the Pheonix tea rooms?

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