I try watercolors because I'm still learning this medium. Working in another medium visits kindly on your home medium (my oils).
Watching Sandhu Singh paint at the Peninsula Gallery I made sure that my washes were gradual and my brush strokes strong. Thanks, Sands.
Painting out is great - I hear the sounds and smell the flowers. It keeps me within Nature, and apart from two walkers and a dog owner I was pretty much left alone to my own intuition. Out the corner of my eye I spied two bounding rabbits and a male deer munching grass.
Plein Air painting makes me paint direct from a scene without the help of a photograph. I chose to use a biggish brush (half inch) and thick juicy oil paint. I wasn't aiming for realism - in fact this way of painting intuitively is more real than real because it carries along what I feel when painting out.
The Finnerty garden is on the boundary of the University of Victoria and thank goodness they preserved the wilderness. I take it as a personal compliment.
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Bree, an artist's daughter is well-versed in sitting, she sat patiently while we painted her for nigh on three hours.
While working away at my canvas I found myself thinking of John Singer Sargent - I think he would have used smoother strokes, but nice and broad.
He was the man.
I also thought of young Scott Burdick and how he would have employed thick juicy paint, unblended.
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This is Chinatown in Victoria, I believe it's the oldest Chinatown in the whole of Canada, and of course the ubiquitous bicycle is right there. Good.
Plein air in the morning mist. This time I painted like a millionaire and used a LOT more paint. Click on it for a bigger image. Should you want to own the painting please go to my Fine Art America site (link on this page).