Thursday 11 February 2016

#31 'Pine Tree, Devils Punch Bowl' 6x8"

A glorious weather day! It was wonderful to be out and painting in the Punch Bowl (Surrey.) Rather chilly though and as I'm not used to working outside yet it takes me ages to do even a small painting 6x8". I was there two and half hours and by the end I couldn't control my brush with the shivering! 
New things were tricky like the sunlight shining on my board and distorting the palette colours so I stood in my shadow. I had my back to a path which was very busy with dog walkers and people enjoying the sun. I found it a little distracting especially as they could see my painting form the path, I wanted to say 'don't judge it yet, it's not finished!' 
Doing this today it makes me realise how much I still have to learn with painting en plein air (outside) but it gives me impetuous to do more!


  1. Another difficult outside painting. I would take off the top quarter, just a little too tall. When I view it like that it has a better balance. I like very much how you have painted to the horizon and the colours and interest of the sky is stunning. The tree itself is well captured.

  2. maybe not a quarter, a sixth, any way a slither. :-)

  3. The brush marks in the sky suggest movement. I can imagine clouds skipping across the sky and out of the painting.

  4. To watch someone 'perform' their talent is wonderful to do. I am sure they were enjoying watching you 'at work'. Personally, being a tree fan, it is one of my favourites! The background is also good to see. I can see the view. When are we able to reserve the ones we want?!