Working on a textured ground I did this seascape painting, using Sennelier 38ml large oil pastels. I bought them recently and I am experimenting with them. Normally I use the smaller less chunky version. However I really liked the larger version as you can push the oil pastel around more easily. They felt comfortable in my hand. I love the strength of colour you can achieve with these oil pastels.
Yesterday was a good day for me to set up outside. It was bright but not sunny. I was inspired by a new jug I bought at Crail Pottery. You can see I put my colour studies behind my set up for reference which proved helpful.
I couldn’t resist painting this magnificent fellow who briefly visited the garden. This is a male Sparrow Hawk which has that blue grey back. Today a female Sparrow Hawk visited. She perched on the same post in the garden. She is quite different with a brown back instead of blue grey. I used only three oil colours plus white,prussian blue, translucent- magenta and cadmium yellow.
What wonderful weather we are having just now. I took the opportunity to work outdoors on some colour block studies. This is good for improving observational skills when it comes to colours. I did one study in overcast light and one in sunshine. The garden is coming alive with fresh buds on the plants. Birds were chirping away as I worked, who needs music when you are in the great outdoors! (or even your back garden!)
I did these three tonal studies after a visit to Pittenweem. I referred to my sketch book to capture the feeling of the place. It was after a storm hence the large waves. I used black and white oil paint and two other tones mixed from the black and white. I have to decide which ones to work on for a larger painting. I can’t decide.
This is a small oil painting of a night time scene in Venice. We were really lucky with the weather which made it very enjoyable exploring all the lanes and canals.
I am just back from a fantastic holiday to Venice. What a beautiful city with so much to offer. I did quite a lot of plein air sketches to try to capture the atmosphere of the place. These will help when it comes to do some studio paintings. The weather was sunny and warm which enabled me to get around and about. My bag with my art materials was a little on the heavy side. However it was better to have them with me as inspiration came in the most unlikely places.
On Monday with it being such a nice day I set up a still life outside. I enjoyed the challenge of working directly from my subject. The daffodils were picked fresh from my garden for the still life. The shadows were lovely in the sunlight.
Yesterday I was able to get out to do a plein air painting. The weather was so pleasant and warm. The subject really appealed to me with the red phone box and washing on the line. As I was painting one of the houses got their fire going so I added the smoke to the chimney.
On Saturday we had lots of fresh snow on the ground. The weather was sunny but cold. I braved the outdoors armed with my sketching tools and warm coat and boots. There was little flurries of snow as I painted some landing on the sketch and others in my oil pastel box. This didn’t put me off as I was in awe of the scene before me.