Time Constraints When Sketching

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Sleeping Boy, pencil on board

Time limits seem to have an effect on my sketching, a positive one. Maybe,it’s not having time to think that forces me to put down on paper exactly what I’m seeing. I wish I could do this more often without needing to have a clock ticking. Above is a drawing of a sleeping child, I knew I had moments before he woke up.

Painting Outside in Korea

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Temple Doors, South Korea, chalk pastel on board

Sketching or painting outside can be a very relaxing experience, but it all depends on where you decide to plant yourself.

Until recently, I lived in South Korea and I used to love painting in Gyeongju, Korea’s ancient capital.

On this occasion spring was at it’s height and I had completely misjudged the crowds after a harsh winter which were out walking or taking photographs (both national pastimes).  Even though it was early in the morning, the only westerner with an easel and chalk pastels was fair game.  I was jostled, photographed (as was my work – a big no-no without permission) and I have Korean fingerprints on my painting as pastels had not been seen before.  I have never been the centre of so much attention – it’s rather difficult working with a camera lens resting on your shoulder.

My advice?  Be careful where and when you choose to set up for en plein air painting, but be very grateful to the temple’s monks who go out of their way to feed and befriend you with a life time’s supply of coffee and boiled sweets.

 

A Brilliant Day Painting

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Fallow Fields, oil on canvas

What a brilliant day today.

I have been dancing about in my studio while working on a painting that is going well. I really like it – at the moment anyway – but we’ll see how long that lasts.

I have a playlist on my iPod that I put together especially for listening to while painting. All of the music and songs are upbeat. I did have to stop splashing paint when The Importance of Being Idol by Oasis came on. Holding a brush to a canvas while doing kicks like Rhys Ifans in the video is next to impossible. Paint is everywhere, but who cares if you’re having fun?