Painting outside…a little more

Progress, with help from a visitor

Yesterday, I mentioned that painting outside was always a different experience partly because of wildlife and nature joining in… well in this next video, you can see exactly that…not exactly wildlife but she made her appearance at just the right time!

Painting outside when the subject comes along!

At the end of the afternoon, before getting ready to watch the Euros matches, I put the pictures on the grass to photograph and then bring everything back inside and forget all about them until the next day…

This morning, the weather is completely different, rain and cloudy… England will face Germany (AGAIN!!!) on Tuesday….hmmm!


Here are the sketches from yesterday…the question now, is what to do next? I could leave them as they are, but I feel that a bit more would be fun to try… but what?

Twins!

I don’t rush! I take photos, I put mounts round, just to see where the composition could go next

This is very important ‘mulling’ time! Lots of things to consider, but my first thought is that some elements need strengthening, so as these are quite large scale on cartridge paper, I will change medium and go to a pastel of some kind, which is strong and a little goes a long way, leaving my watercolours ready for the football and cycling pictures that I will make later – a practical consideration but an important one. I really don’t want to run out of yellow and green two days before the Tour de France starts!

Mulling over composition options

The next thing is that I will work on them on the floor, so I can draw comfortably… and still see them side by side. I feel that I want to crop them into square formats.. like these two photos, but if I do, it will be the Very Last Step!

So today’s adventures have begun, I will see how these turn out later and share the results…have a good Thursday! 😊

6 Comments on “Painting outside…a little more

  1. It’s like you have a magic wand Maxine, and “Et Voilà” the end result is brilliant! I was preferring the (last) one on the left, but now love the one on the right.

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    • Hello! Good to hear from you!
      No oil used at all – it’s my usual kit, ie, Schminke Horadam watercolours, (in tubes and pans), and water soluble pastels, Neo Colour by Caran D’Ache.. large brush by Rosemary & Co and a good dollop of sunshine! Seems to have been the last good day!
      The video which is recycling a drawing, does use oil pastel, as a resist medium but only on the dry watercolour, pen and ink drawing that was there before… perhaps that’s where you got the oil reference from? I intend to make some more of these short films. Just an insight to some of my favourite techniques… I have opened a YouTube channel for them, here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5Ww1SPbiWEsLhD7BPLmMMA apologies for the long link! Maxine 👍

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      • PS … I will update the descriptions on the videos to mention materials, (forgot to say the paper was Pink Pig cartridge) and make sure that I include a materials list on new ones. Thanks for asking the question, it’s an important aspect for people watching, much appreciated 👍

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