Stream landscape painting 2

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Just getting to grips with dark and light.
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The pink was such a bad choice.
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Stream landscape painting 1

This painting is the first I had worked on en plein air for years. I can’t believe I had forgotten just how much I love working outside.

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A new path had been created just beside where I lived giving me easy access to this stream.
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Not the ideal set up (having to bend down to grab my materials) – I know I’m going to have to get something sorted.
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The first tentative scribbles.

Sketching, Denmark and Switzerland

Here a few more of the quickie sketches I did during the summer.

My sketches don’t just bring back the moment as a photo does, but all the sights and sounds throughout the time it takes to complete a drawing – including the one interruption from a stranger to ask if I’m drawing (!?).

I did just about all my sketches with Japanese brush pens of varying sizes.

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Copenhagen town hall.
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Japanese brush pens are my new favourite thing.
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Swiss waterfall, using pens of differing sizes.
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Swiss sky walk and a paraglider. The pens were wonderful for drawing the rock’s formations.

Sometimes it just doesn’t work

From time, to time, out in the sunshine, and even with fantastic views, a painting or a sketch just doesn’t work – no matter what I do. I’m too ashamed to show you the results of the messes I ended up making, but the views were so fabulous, I though you might like to see what I was trying to paint…

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Looking out to the island of Skye from the Scottish mainland, and proof that I was trying to paint – maybe sitting down was one of the problems, but it was too windy for an easel.
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Eilean Donan Castle. I couldn’t do it justice and I think the problem was that I started the painting too close into the castle (which you can just make out). Ho hum.