Being a studio painter with a commission-based practice rarely affords me the opportunity to simply "go out and paint". But when I can, choosing a land or a cityscape composition is a matter of flipping a coin. I live in a city which is greener than most. Several parks and one of the 3 main rivers in the area are at my doorstep.
When I can take advantage of some plein air enjoyment, my palette is often made up of a rather limited though not limiting array of colours : Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna and ochre. To this I add white (sparingly used) and black (even more sparingly used). This grouping is sometimes called the Velasquez palette. I lay out everything from beginning to end with a # 8 hogs hair bristle - even with small canvasses or boards. The big brush stops m,e from being finicky or fussy.
After about an hour of painting, the light changed too much to continue so I started a quick 15 minute sketch to use up the rest of the paint on my palette. The result was even rougher (freer) but opened the door to the possibility of turning it into a larger painting in the studio.
I had approximately 15 minutes of sketch time. Rain had been forecast but I wanted to not waste the remainder of the paint on my palette. I made a smart turn right and the bend in the river gave me a worthy subject - a bush trying to be majestic before a more impressive clump of trees in the background.
Above left : Just Past the Rapids on The Rideau - Oil/huile - 9" x 12"
Left : At The Bend In Th River - Oil/huile - 9" x 12"
2 blocks from home - lookin' good!
I am a painter and writer who's whole life has been influenced by one precept : "thinking each our own thoughts makes us relevant and relevance makes us powerful."