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Monday, 28 June 2010

From Dryslwyn Castle 24 by 15 inches watercolour and mixed media

This is my first successful plein air effort in years, hopefully will provide the template for further efforts. I used to get so much from plein air painting, hope to return to it.

7 comments:

Laurie Moses, Bristol, UK said...

Rather lovely, I don't think most people realise how difficult watercolour is let alone doing it plein-air. Well done!

Simon Jones said...

Thanks Laurie, well logistically this was difficult as I had to perch myself on a 70 degree slope, but plein air painting, when it goes right can be really inspiring.

painterchum said...

you should definately return to it given the chance...this really sings!

Simon Jones said...

Thanks Sally, have had a couple of interrupted experimental forays since, am concluding I should paint using a method and approach I know, then the meaning will work itself out.

Sheila Vaughan said...

To be honest Simon I think there is no substitute to painting from life if we want to "see" the colours. I have just taken some photos of the spiral staircase here and was planning (sketching in prep for a painting) from them. Then I just went to the door and looked out at the "subject" again and I got a shock - the sheer "presence" of that staircase, its richness of colour shook me. Sadly I'll have to rely on pics because I leave Saturday and have no paints with me but I'll do some more 'from life' sketches and make colour notes.
This painting of yours has a very nineteenth century classical feel to it for me. The angle is amazing but its the colours that sing the most strongly. Yep, it gives us a lot to think about.

Simon Jones said...

Hi Sheila, yes it is a classic 19th century location, turner did at least 2 sketched and one nice watercolour within a hundred yards of this spot, he sketched the bridge when it was a ferry crossing about 1804 when he was 19, and Cox too painted this castle.I dont think I can go very far wrong if I get a blast from painting outdoors.

Linny D. Vine said...

Beautiful, Simon. It transmits your joy of the experience!