Good morning everyone. This is just a catch up post where I’m showing you some of the watercolour sketches I did whilst painting outdoors. In fact, the weather this year was very kind to us artists. And I spent quite a lot of time sitting quietly, painting the view. Sheer bliss! So, this the view over the rough pasture to the pond at Longshaw Estate in Derbyshire, UK. Now the pond is man made and designed to be seen as you leave the formal garden and take the path to the stream. Actually, I’m not sure whether this is the pool for boating or swimming – there are two! But, as you can see, it’s idyllic and right on the edge of the moors.
While I painted this little scene I tried to use some of the techniques I’ve been studying. In particular, I wanted to show the contrast of light and shade in the trees behind the water. Not all that easy on a low sunlight day. Also, I used a gentle touch with the reflections on the water, which were very subtle.
Painting Outdoors at Cannon Hall
Lastly, we also went to Cannon Hall on a warm, sunny day and we sat in the shade in the formal garden. And I had another attempt at portraying the glass panes of the little greenhouse. And the effect is a bit more lifelike, I feel, (see here for another attempt!) Incidentally, this is where the 200 year old grapevine lives, but that’s another story!
9 Replies to “Painting Outdoors in Late Summer”
I always find it difficult painting in cloudy weather. I applaud your dedication. I stay indoors on days like that.
Thank you, Graham. Yes, I agree, low light level days are more difficult, but, there are too many of them. So, I have to go out! Not that I’m obsessed, or anything!
Lovely colors to go with a lovely time outside painting, Margaret! The soft water reflections & glass house look so delicate – all quite charming! 😊
Thank you so much, Felipe. I must admit, this summer season has been perfect for outdoor sketching.
Lovely views, well painted. I keep saying I need to try this but this was not the right year for me to attempt it. Perhaps in 2022….
Thank you so much, J. Maybe next year will be right for you – I hope so!
Thank you, Robin!