After painting the pylon yesterday I thought I would try something more picturesque so I painted the Vine Inn. I was well in to the painting when a couple arrived on a motorbike and left it outside so I had to include it.
Today’s plein air session with Broadstone Art Society was to Pamphill in Dorset. There are lots of very picturesque thatched cottages, tall trees and grassy swathes making it ideal for artists. However I couldn’t bring myself to paint a thatched cottages so I chose a pylon.
I have been experimenting with hot pressed paper, it’s much smoother than the watercolour paper I normally use but unlike cartridge paper it will take a wash without buckling. I may try to do a similar painting on the rougher cold pressed to see how they compare.
I used a couple oh photos I took at Bourton-on-the-Water on Friday to paint this picture of a sunny scene by the river. The ice cream parlour and coffee shop were doing a brisk trade which must be very welcome after the months of lockdown.
Yesterday we stopped at Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire for a couple of hours. It’s somewhere I haven’t visited before and I was supposed at how picturesque it is. It was very busy with tourists like ourselves but we managed to find a bench by the river where we could and have a coffee and do a quick sketch.
Had an evening walk with the dogs across the fields. The crop. Of oilseed rape had been harvested last week but the low sun glinted off the straw that has yet to be gathered in. The dogs waited patiently while I painted this although Nuala managed to destroy her tennis ball, it seemed a small price to pay to be able to paint and enjoy the countryside.
We are staying on a small camp site near to Stratford on Avon. In a small paddock next to us I discovered this old Land Rover and chickens. Walking across the fields this morning Nuala chased a deer, I told her afterwards that thousands of years as a prey animal has adapted them to escape from wolves so they are not going to have a problem outrunning a labrador that wants to lick them to death. She is now snoring loudly in the caravan ( the dog, not the deer!)
We are staying on a site on the Blenheim Palace estate, it’s a nice shady site with a big field next door to run the dogs in. Yesterday we walked in to Woodstock which is a charming little market town with lots of honey coloured stone. It isn’t too posh which is surprising being right on the doorstep of the palace.
After photographing the field of sunflowers yesterday I had to try a watercolour to try to capture the golden glow of the flowers. This is on hot pressed paper that I bought in Oxford to try, it’s a lot smoother than the paper I normally use, more like cartridge paper but It doesn’t cockle when wet. I think It will work well with pen and wash.
Very hot in Oxford this morning so we couldn’t leave the dogs in the van, they had to come with us. We found a nice shady cafe opposite the Radcliffe Camera so I could do some urban sketching and have a coffee. Photo taken with iPad camera!