I was on the West Coast of Scotland last weekend and sat by the ruins of Castle Lachlan watching the sun go down over Loch Fyne. It was such a peaceful place and the skies were spectacular. I couldn’t wait to start painting as soon as I returned to my studio.
If you drive just 20 minutes south of where I live, you get to the highest point in the Glasgow area. From there you can look out west and see the islands of Arran and Ailsa Craig.
If you are lucky enough, the sun will be doing spectacular things at the same time.
This actually worked well for me – having a brightly coloured under painting to work on top of. I’ll be doing it again, I think.
My brushes are thankfully OK…
Nearly there I think.
I am beginning to build in texture now, layering the paint on thickly, but am a bit hindered by my own idiocy. I went away for a few days, and completely forgot to clean my brushes, leaving them out unprotected. As a result, the ones I want to use are soaking away to soften them up for use tomorrow. I find the size of the brushes I use make a big difference to me.
Talking of softening, I now need to do that to the clouds too and the base of the island where it meets the sea, while the same clouds need more light reflecting off them.
Could all be totally different by my next post.
It really has been ages since I have added anything to my blog, but what with glorious sunshine and then the school summer holidays, I have been somewhat distracted. Part of that distraction was the need to be outside painting simply because I could. There has been lots going on too, so I hope to fill you in over the next wee while.
The painting is coming along, I think.
I want to darken the land on the right, bring more definition into the sea. The clouds need more work, softening parts of them and introducing more whispy bits (technical term). The sunset behind the island needs more thought.
Tomorrow, I’ll sit for a while and have a good look before I do anything, because not seeing the painting over night often helps me to work out my next steps.