So this day was forecast rain, surpringsly it was only a few showers but the wind was ....strong!
After an age of setting up a beavh umbrella with straps, c-clamps, rocks and a dumbbell....i was ready to paint.
I did a super quick sketch, replicated that on my paper (albeit a tad heavier than usual as i thought i would cover it, that never happen hence you can see my drawing).
After a quick study of the scene in front of me i decided on my approach...big mop brush, wet in wet and fast and loose.
The sky went in first, ultramarine, cobalt, alizarin crimson and burnt sienna in varying degrees, then more water nearer the tree line as i wanted it lighter. A few dabs with the paper towel to lift out some clouds and that was the sky.
Whilst the sky was slowly setting up i started the trees, the usual mixing on paper wet in wet of various yellows and blues, then to add interest some other hues, orange, pink, chinese white for example. All done pretty fast and flying by the seat of my pants (some call it intuition).
This then had to be incorporated into the huts and then the ground underneath and obviously straight into the foreground grasses, whilst all th etime being very careful to leave the white paper of the bright light on the mud...(which ultimately ended up looking like a raging river, but thats fine by me).
Near the end i added some dark cool indigo to bottom left and let it backflow back up into the grasses, then charging in some shell pink and jaune brilliant and letting it mingle for warm vs cool.
The branches at the top right were not intended to be included, but the top one was an accident of tilting the board and some greeny brown dripping across the sky...rather than trying to remove it i just left it then added the branch underneath to make it look more obviously intended. Always better to leave the mistakes than try to correct.
The very last additions were some dry brush telephone poles to help with drawing the eye down into the painting.
Voila...all in all a speedy, passionate, wind blown and exciting plein air painting.
I hope you enjoy it.