Lake Side Holiday, Canada

It has been a while since I have done a blog post. After a busy and successful time at Pittenweem Arts Festival we had a holiday in Canada to visit my brother and family. I took the opportunity to get some sketching outdoors when possible. Below is the photo reference of my subject and also one of me at work. The third photo shows my sketch in progress along with my colour reference chart so that I can give reference codes to colours observed at the time.  Photo’s don’t always show the exact colour as seen with the eye. Now that I am home I can use studio time to bring back the memories and apply paint to this study.

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Pittenweem Arts Festival 2013

Last year we had great weather, this year it was fantastic. The festival was very busy with people enjoying the beach as well as the artwork.

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Every artist gets a blue board with their venue number and I add a painted driftwood sign because my venue is split between the wash house and the shore path (under gazebos).

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This year the town was decorated with bicycles for Pittenweem In Bloom. At my venue we had a green bike and it was themed after Mary’s amazing garden.

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There was some time to relax and inspired by Vivian Maier I took a self portrant.

 

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View From Newton Hall Guest House, Inveraray

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At the weekend Andrew and I went to Inverary for a short break. We stayed in a lovely guest house called Newton Hall. It was a real treat to stay here, the owner made us feel really welcome. The views over Loch Fyne were spectacular. The photo above shows the view. I did a quick study using watercolour and neocolour crayons as the sun was setting. Then we went to the George Hotel for a wonderful meal.

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When I got up I used my tombow pens for this monotone study of the misty morning light before we both headed for a full Scottish breakfast. The two birds flew past just at the right moment for me to consider them in the composition, very convenient of them.

Ludovico Einaudi

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Its cold and snowing outside, however I am listening to this new CD  “In a Time Lapse” by Ludovico Einaudi. He is an Italian pianist and Alt-Classical musician. I purchased it after hearing one of the songs on Classic FM “Burning” its enchantingly beautiful. I love the whole album and it is great background music while painting in the studio.