Plein air painting: Yellow fields

On Saturday I set out to do some plein air painting. I didn’t have a particular place in mind but I knew I didn’t want to go too far from home. After 2 hours searching for inspiration, I followed a footpath to a clearing and beautiful yellow fields (oilseed rape). It only took me an hour to paint and after all the walking I was too tired to do another. I really would like to spend up to 3hrs painting, so I will have a plan next time!

Video: Rain clouds

My recent painting is of a moody sky, it took 25 min. to paint.  I am working on making bold marks and making all my marks “say something”.  This will help when I get back to painting outdoors.  Come on Spring!

Below this photo is a video showing my painting process. Enjoy!

Video tutorial with commentary!

I think I am getting the hang of making short videos (with the help of my knowledgable husband).  I added step by step commentary to my latest one.  Below is the finished piece, underneath the image is the video.  I really hope you enjoy it!

 

music: bensound.com

Painting process: Winter landscape, 16 x 16 inches

With it getting dark earlier, having our Christmas lights on and Christmas decor dotted around, it is feeling quite cozy at home. So, I’ve painted a winter landscape. Above is my loose sketch on a 16 x 16 inch board.
An action shot of me starting the underpainting.
Underpainting completed.
Underpainting close-up
A close-up of more progress
A close-up of the finished painting. I loved using the metallic gold oil colour.
Here is the finished landscape.

Painting process: small landscape, 8 x 8 inches

Step one is a very loose sketch, setting up the composition and using marks to indicate direction and texture.
Step two is blocking in colour with a saturated wash. making the colour a shade darker than what I see.
Step three is adding the thick paint with a small palette knife, starting in the background and getting warmer and more vibrant as I work my way towards the foreground.
Close up of the top of the painting.
Close up of the trees and fields towards the bottom of the painting.
Here is the finished product. You can see that in the distance the colours are cooler and become warmer and more vibrant towards the middle and slightly cooler again as it moves into the foreground.

Painting process: Pink house, yellow field, 30 x 30 cm

I have been working on a series of Suffolk landscapes.  Above is the sketch.  This painting is 30 x 30cm and will be available framed when dry.
I have been working on a series of Suffolk landscapes.  Above is the sketch of the third in the series. 
The underpainting.
The underpainting.
The trees and house in the distance have been painted in with a small palette knife.  I dug and dragged through the paint to create tree trunks and branches.  The house is created with  a few quick marks.
The trees and house in the distance have been painted in with a small palette knife. I dug and dragged through the paint to create tree trunks and branches. The house is created with a few quick marks.
I am working on the yellow field now. I am keeping my marks loose and gestural.
I am working on the yellow field now. I am keeping my marks loose and gestural.
Here is the finished painting.  it took about an 1.5 hours to complete.  I think the small abstracts I recently did helped me to loosen up.  I've been wanting to include a "Suffolk pink" house in one of my landscapes.
Here is the finished painting. it took about an 1.5 hours to complete. I think the small abstracts I recently did helped me to loosen up. I’ve been wanting to include a “Suffolk pink” house in one of my landscapes.  This painting will be available framed.

 

 

Small Paintings: Layered Field Studies, 8 x 8 inches

Happy Christmas everyone! I hope you all have been enjoying your Boxing Day.I did get a little break yesterday but I was back in the studio today. I finished a large still life and which the left over paint on my palette, I decided to do a couple of small landscape studies. Above is the first one I did.
Happy Christmas everyone! I hope you all have been enjoying your Boxing Day.  I did get a little break yesterday, but I was back in the studio today. I finished a large still life and with the left over paint on my palette, I decided to do a couple of small landscape studies. Above is the first one I did.
landscape close-up
landscape close-up
This is the second one. I used a bit of metallic copper oil colour for the tilled soil in both paintings. In this one it really pops!
This is the second one. I used a bit of metallic copper oil colour for the tilled soil in both paintings. In this one it really pops!
Here they are side by side. I think they are a great pair.
Here they are side by side. I think they are a great pair.