Lloyds Signal House

Making plein air progress at Church Cove

Well, after a wobbly start I think I’m starting to settle back into painting en plein air. I really am out of practice.

With me, much depends on being in the right frame of mind. So I took the opportunity to go AWOL and snuck off painting this evening. It was calm, warm and overcast, and I walked down to Church Cove to set up on the wee spit of land overlooking the inlet.

I was determined to work more loosely today and I gave myself an hour limit. I’ve found that having a limited time focusses the mind and, for me, drives better results. I also resolved to use only a couple of flat brushes, 1.5cm and 1cm (ignore the fan in the photo, I didn’t use it).

Once I’d set up my pochade box I laid out my basic acrylic palette:

  • Titanium White
  • Mixing White
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Yellow Light Hansa
  • Quinacridone Red
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson

In addition I added a couple of cooler blues and three earth colours:

  • Cerulean Blue
  • Indanthrene Blue
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Raw Umber
  • Burnt Umber
Plein air pochade Church Cove
Plein air pochade Church Cove

On my 20cm by 30cm linen covered mdf panel from Jacksons I drew out the basic shapes and quickly blocked in all the features roughly before more carefully noting the passages of light and dark.

As usual I kept the acrylics open by occasionally spraying the palette with water – not too much though, I didn’t want to make colourful puddles!

Plein air acrylic sketch - evening mist at Church Cove
Plein air acrylic sketch – evening mist at Church Cove

I’m pretty pleased with the result, but what do you think? Why not leave me a message?


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