Yesterday morning was clear with a rising breeze, so it was time to try out my sandbag weights. My visiting (Kangaroo Island) brother suggested using just one central one so here it is!
Sandbag weights are recommended by Roos Schuring in the Netherlands. It is a clever idea because the bags are light to carry and of course you leave the sand behind. Roos paints seascapes on location in all weather conditions!
Here is a closer up image of yesterday’s painting. Hand-held pic, so a bit blurry. I have decided to blog while it is still fresh.
Still some studio tweaking to do. When will I get over this? I suspect when every decision I make on location is the right one! It will be nice to come home and see that the tone is making sense as well as the colour and that the composition knits or sings or does something harmonious.
It was hot and breezy out there. I was making decisions hastily as the paint was drying quickly on the palette and the brush. Quite a few neighbours passed on their way for a swim. After two hours I gave in and did the same. Delightful!
And the sandbag? Only once did the whole contraption rock in the breeze. I topped up the sand a bit and that fixed that! Do you have any tips for stabilising the easel in other locations? What’s your ‘secret’?