…the joys of plein air!
I’ve been trying to get out and paint more instead of being in the studio. The weather hasn’t been that kind to me but I’ve got out when both the weather and time has allowed. Hope to do more through the summer. I do feel it has made a huge difference to the way I paint.
So these are some examples of my excursions in to the beautiful Lancashire countryside and the finished pictures. I’ve tried not to mess with them too much once they are back in the studio as I don’t want to lose that spontaneity or, even worse, over work them.
The River Ribble at Ribchester
They had promised a day of sunshine but it didn’t materialise until quite late in the afternoon by which time I’d finished this piece. I did wander along the river with my sketchbook looking for future locations and made the most of the sun.
River Ribble at Ribchester
This is the finished artwork. I didn’t do that much more once I got it back to the studio, I felt I’d captured the mood and the moment and I didn’t want to lose that.
On the river near the Inn at Whitewell
The next planned day out the sun did shine. It was a glorious day, at home it was 25º, up in the Trough of Bowland it was a little cooler and breezier. Always worth remembering when you go plein air painting to pack a few extra layers.
Inn at Whitewell
The Inn at Whitewell is one of my favourite places to eat. Not only is the food great the views out over Bowland are superb. If it’s a sunny day you need to get there really early if you want a table.
Regrettably I didn’t dine in the Inn, this was a working day. I did head up to Dunsop Bridge and ate my lunch in the sunshine sitting at the side of the river.
plein air painting at Dunsop Bridge
After lunch I walked along the river to see what might be a suitable spot to set up. Although there is a bridge the only view of it is if you stand in the middle of the river. But my eye was caught by the dappled sunlight coming through the trees on to the rocks. Although my painting looks a lot darker than the view behind it is actually very true to what I could see. There camera doesn’t see things the way do and it over exposed the trees because I was stood in shadow. A good example of why you shouldn’t rely on photos though.
River Hodder at Dunsop Bridge
The river that runs through Dunsop meanders through the Trough of Bowland down past the Inn at Whitewell. There are so many views to paint out here I shall be making the most of any sunny days through the summer. Plenty of time in the long winter months to be in the studio. These pieces were all completed in pastel but I hope to be doing some oils next time I’m out. More challenging for me but then “if you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got!” Don’t know where the quote came from but it’s very true!