I travelled north over the weekend to visit my mum, 93 years young and a totally remarkable woman. On this occasion, I travelled solo which, once I’d done my chores, also afforded me a little time to spend painting. Sadly the weather was a little grey and the light quite flat for the duration of my trip but it was nice to get some plein-air sketching in.
I managed to find a pretty secluded spot off the beaten track and was able to tackle a couple of views.
Here’s my first effort:
I quite liked this but felt I’d given over too much of the page to a rather dull sky. There was also something about the perspective of the barn that troubled me too so I thought I’d have another crack at it.
I was quite pleased with this sketch, particularly some of the textures in the foreground.
Next up was a view in a different direction, looking towards a radar tower that serves the nearby Blackpool airport:
This one was done pretty briskly but I don’t think it’s any the worse off for it.
With time still on my side, I also played around a little to ‘film’ my first bit of watercolour footage!
I’ve been thinking of adding a little something else to my posts and video seems like a natural way forward. I’ll not be filming any full-length painting demonstrations or anything, but I thought it might be a way to add a little richness and variety to my posts.
Here’s a quick peek then from my sketching trip!
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I appreciate this isn’t quite Ridley Scott standard but it’s sometimes nice to know that there’s SO much room for improvement!
I’m off to France next week so I’m hoping that I’ll have the opportunity to do some more sketching (and filming!?) – hopefully in some brighter weather! In the meantime, happy painting and à bientôt!