It’s time! Weather is perfect (with a few variations). Excuses have run out. Time is always running out. Among my drafts is a blog about the great outdoors from last November. I have come to accept that the staggers at the start are part of my approach to outdoor painting, and blogging! I just need to go with it rather than fight it.
Here are a few shots from recent outdoor excursions.
There was so much to choose from at this venue, but I was dazzled by the sunlit white sand and those bleached blue-grey bushes. This is my first painting on rejoining my Fresh Air Friday outdoor friends late last year.
Back to complete the painting a week later – light totally different (of course).
Hence version 2. Still not complete – we might be back there next year or the year after… I have sometimes hung onto a painting for 2 years before returning to the spot. Many places are either deserted and a bit forbidding or too far away to travel to without friends at the other end. Being part of a group presents so many more opportunities than going solo outdoor painting.
This was my first ever actually down on the sand. A tiny bit more work to do here, resolving that high drama in the middle distance.
It was such a hot day. I made a quick decision after lunch, packed my wheelie kit and walked down to the beach. I had a hat and long-sleeved shirt, but forgot I was wearing shorts and sandals. After about twenty minutes I could feel my feet burning, so phoned home for emergency supply of sunscreen. How spoiled am I? A few weeks ago it was an extremely nice coffee (surprise) and last week this! Gave me another hour and a bit out there.
“Rain on the way” was started on a stormy Friday morning when I chose to stay close to home. It was a sound decision, weather-wise. I had to make a real dash for it when the rain did arrive. You can see the vertical strokes of painted rain! To be continued later on another stormy morning…..
Perhaps it will be unrecognisable next time. Do you ever pick up a painting again after a long spell? Is it ever really the same painting or do you think there’s a point at which you actually need to start again?