Sunday, 20 March 2011


Sometimes I work directly outdoors (en plein aire), sometimes I work from photographs, sometimes from a sketch and sometimes a combination of them. The sketch above is of Harlech castle which I used for a couple of paintings. There are advantages and disadvantages to all the sources used to make a painting.
I like sketches because you have already identified the main features for the composition and also the values.

Today is painting free. I have done a few jobs for my mother and Alex has been busy in the garden.  A quiet afternoon with a book I am currently reading the Mayor of Casterbridge  by Thomas Hardy which is quite good.

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