Good morning everyone. As you may know, I absolutely love painting outside and the glorious fine, sunny weather is perfect for me. So, yesterday I went to Thrybergh Country Park to meet up with some art buddies. And we could paint all morning in complete comfort. That is, no shivering with cold or battling with strong winds to keep hold of paper and so on.
The Colours of Spring when Painting Outside
To be honest, it was the colours of the scene which inspired me most. Because at this time of year, as the trees begin to come into leaf, some of the greens are soft and yellowy and even the more vibrant ones are still easy on the eye. However, in this part of the landscape that I chose, most of the trees are bare and stark. Actually, that gave quite a dramatic effect against the calm, lazy surface of the water, gently reflecting the sky and trees. Of course, I did use artistic licence and I left out all the waterbirds. Also, all the walkers. But, for today it was the sight of nature gradually progressing through Springtime that interested me. Incidentally, this man made lake is available for free swimming on two evening sessions during the week. Maybe one day!
Naturally, there was plenty of time for coffee and chat. Plus, most importantly of all, scrumptious cake! And we talked about pochade boxes and outdoor easels. Then how to prepare wooden panels with gesso. And we discussed the different methods of capturing a scene like this using realistic versus impressionistic styles. So, all my artistic batteries were charged up. And I really am looking forward to a lovely summer season of sketch trips with like minded people. Sheer bliss! Have a look at this post here to read all about another sketchcrawl on a hot summer’s day last year.
8 Replies to “Painting Outside in the Spring Sunshine”
Can see and feel the serene softness of a fresh new spring, Margaret! And loved the details of ya’ll’s snacks and talks ❤️ Such gorgeous paintings!
Thank you, Felipe. That’s the beauty of doing plein air sketching like this – it will always bring back good memories for me whenever I look at it. And I have loads of sketchbooks through the years to look at!
So sorry for the late reply, had seen your comment & just couldn’t grab a minute from placing our things into our new place; not done yet, but have to take a break, lol! I’ve so often done that via photos, as too seldom done it via pencil or other media, and when I have, as you say, it leaves a deep imprint for my memories. I’m very much hoping, once we really are settled in (probably a month away at our pace 😏), I can join groups here + go on my own & catch some sketching moments ♥️
Nicely layered work
Thank you so much, Vivienne.
Thank you so much, Robin!