I taught 4 very friendly plein air painters last week. Typical that it was the hottest day of the year almost ever in our part of the world – over 38 degrees and humid. Tough conditions to paint and for me to teach.
The morning session I helped them all get settled and gave them as much information as they could take, so I didn’t really get a chance to paint myself. The afternoon was calmer after a big lunch of fish and chips and a pint of Guinness for Mick! I had time to do a little boat painting, using short flat ‘Ultimate Bristle ‘ Rosemary and co brushes – my favs at the mo. and making each brush stroke count.
I think one of the main things people struggle with is tonal variations in colour. Pre mixing colours & tones (light and dark versions) before starting to paint, my students said it really helped. I do it for nearly all my paintings and helps me feel on top of it, use more paint to paint with, it colour harmonises as I mix my pre mixed colours together.
If you get a chance to comment on here I would appreciate knowing what you find hard in painting – especially plein air, to help me with future teaching and what to write on this blog!
Spot my little boat!