I did a 1 to 1 plein air day with Elizabeth St John this week. She wanted to paint the view from our garden as we focused on mixing greens.
Sheltered by a big pine tree we weren’t too hot and managed to get two paintings done. I suggested she mixed her colours before we paint – getting a light and dark tonal version of each colour – especially the greens! I always mix my colours before I paint as it gives a pile to dip into and your not frantically mixing with a brush and running out of paint! It also allows for good harmonising within your colours as you mix the piles of colour with each other.
We were lucky to have the cows coming into our scene at the end which really helped the composition and give a good focus.
My husband Nick and I are taking part in the National Garden Scheme this weekend at a friends house, she has a wonderful 2 acre garden in the middle of Haslemere and has kindly given us a pitch in her gazebo to sell my paintings and Nicks photography. A percent of sales will go to the N.O.S charities. Come and visit us and the beautiful garden if you’re nearby.
Address: ‘Barsdey’, 11 Derby Road, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 1BS
Open Times: 1-5pm
Entry cost: £5
This is one of Nicks photos of Bardsey Garden: