My painting ‘Sunset on Snow’ is the Third Place winner of the July 2020 DPW Monthly Contest! I’m very happy!
I’ve been on the market for a nice pochade painting box for a while. There are plenty of nice ones like the Open Box M or the Strada or the Ease L. Unfortunately, some are not available in the UK and all of them are eye-wateringly (not sure that this adverb exists) expensive. I couldn’t justify spending £300+ for what is, in the end, a small wooden box.
So, I finally decided to hack a cheap one I’ve bought years ago (left) and create my own pochade box for painting ‘en plein air‘ (open-air).
The new Wochade™ (below) was born. It took one afternoon, a few screws and nails, some wood glue and a bit of ingenuity.
I’ve attached it to an old camera tripod which I had for more than 20 years and it’s surprisingly light-weight and stable. Perfect for portability and outdoor painting.
Of course, I will need to adjust a few little niggles I’ve already noticed here and there, but overall I’m happy with it. A couple of days ago I tested it in my garden and produced a couple of little paintings of what I could see above the fence.
I saw clouds, trees and rooves. Strange word rooves… Maybe ‘roofs’ is better… Mmm… There’s something odd with English words today…
Anyway, they looked a bit ugly and uninteresting to me, so, I decided to get rid of the bloody rooves, shrink the landscape in order to fit the trees only. Why? Why not?
I was on a roll, I turned 180º and spotted two almost identical trees rising above the fence. Could I do another one? Yes, of course, I had all the colours I needed from my new palette and I was enjoying this new ‘en plein air‘ thing… Why not? It’s just that two trees were not enough to balance this landscape. Could I cut-and-paste one of them and justify it as an artistic licence? Yes, why not?
What do you think?
To be honest, I did both paintings the same day, but the other way around. First ‘Three Trees’ and second ‘No Rooves’. I just took another artistic licence and changed the story as well. Why not?
Some say it’s the glare of the sun, some say it’s a full moon. What do you think?
You’ve captured the color and feel of that area beautifully!Jennifer Borrelli
For this painting of a view of Little Langdale, I used a new palette ( burnt umber, yellow ochre, titanium white, cadmium lemon, cadmium red medium, quinacridone magenta, french ultramarine, Winsor blue which is like phthalo blue (the green shade), and the newly discovered cobalt turquoise light). This is mainly an experiment with values and colour saturation. To be honest I’ve never bothered much with such technicalities, I paint without thinking about the beauty of the image but more about the feeling, the raw emotion. I normally go with the flow.
This is an attempt to refine my technique and learn more about chroma, tones, values in order to move towards figure painting and maybe portraits. Let’s see where this is taking me… For your information, I use oil paint from the Winsor & Newton Artist’s Oil Colour with Liquin™ Original and linseed oil.