Friday, September 2, 2011
Getting Ready for France
All that plein air stuff just has to get simplified for a long trip full of walking. To that end I built a small box. But, you have to get used to the minimalist approach. My first practice session was yesterday at Scotsdale farm.
On a Fence Post
No tripod. Too heavy and bulky.
All in One
Holds a lot. 3 brushes, #4, #6, #8. Medium cup. 11 small tubes shown here. A palette, removable. 2 wet or dry 8x10 boards. I am using oil primed linen boards. I also will paint on 11x14 loose oil primed linen that I clip to a board.
Nearly Packed Up
Since this is small I can walk about with it in a small day pack.
In the past I have painted with the box on my lap, on a garbage can, on a stone wall, on a pick nick table etc. It is best to practice. The fence post painting was not a real problem once I got going. I got used to painting without a free hand. Lots of paint on me, but that will get better as I gain experience. Hopefully twice more before I head to France.
The light was flat from the overcast condition at Scotsdale. A good way to practice a local tone painting - no shadows or hi lites, just the local tones/colour and value, at least three tones, interesting unique shapes.
Breaking Out, 8x10, Oil on Board
Looks a bit bright and chromatic here. Less in reality. The colours are changing. Fall is well in the way. Green still dominates.