Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Day Four - Art at Budleigh Salterton

DAY 4 - BUDLEIGH SLATERTON - FINAL DAY

 

The first thing to do was to have a walk around
and choose where to paint.

We were parked at the end of the seafront near the cliffs,
so that became my painting view...






Again I started with Thumbnail sketches 
 
thumbnail sketches help so much


I was considering this view,  perhaps making more of the sky.  The only thing was I would have to change the horizon line. Never do a painting that separates the view half way down the paper....

This would make a better painting...

the horizon line is lower and not in the middle of the picture
although I could have chosen to have the horizon higher






One thing about painting en plein air, especially where 'tide' is concerned -
You have to remember that the view will 'change'




as it did here, when the tide came in




Not only did I do some thumbnail sketches,
I also did a quick painting-sketch to warm up my paints ;)







and finally decided on this scene


step 1


waited for paint to dry before 
step 2


Final painting....


By the time I got to this stage, it started to rain,
so we returned to Ray's Studio for a cuppa, 
added some more paint to our work
and then displayed the paintings and talked through our work







Oh, and Ray's dog ended up being sketched by me...

I sneaked this sketch, so nobody saw this on the day


Had a great time on this 4 day Art Course

Many thanks to Ray Balkwill

this was a very inspirational en plein air experience.






16 comments:

  1. Very interesting to see your painting develop Ann. Lovely to see the group's paintings displayed too. I'm still chuckling at your sneaky sketch of Ray's dog. You should have owned up, it's fabulous and I think Ray would have loved it :)

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    1. I might add the drawing of his dog to his facebook page and see if he responds!

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  2. I love seeing the process, often never seen by non-artists. Great job and such fun!

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    1. Thanks Marie, for non-artists I guess it's a sort of 'how to' :)

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  3. beautiful display of work!

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  4. WOW! Your highlights and reflections are AWESOME!!! ♥♥♥♥

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    1. Thanks Robin, amazing what a few lines of white can do ;)

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  5. Thank you for sharing the process. Fascinating!

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    1. It was certainly worth doing this course, thoroughly enjoyed it :)

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  6. Lovely, lovely, lovely, Ann! And of course, Ray's dog steals the show!

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    1. Thanks Judy...yes Ray's dog was so sweet and loved the visitors to the studio :)

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  7. Love seeing your thumbnails and then the final view you choose. When you're doing plein air near water, you also have to make sure you watch the tide so you don't end up wet. Looks like this was a great workshop!

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    1. It was a great workshop Joan and yes, I agree about the tide. In fact one day Ray said to watch the tide as I had decided to move around the corner of the headland - so I was very careful.

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  8. It was wonderful to see how you decided which view to paint and also how different all the pictures were. I know that view and you have captured it so well, love Ray's dog too and your pictures in the previous post of lovely Topsham. I was in Budleigh Salterton last week too! Sarah x

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    1. What a small world as they say, we'll bump into one another one of these days, lol :)

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