The painting below was my first plein air session in Bath since the baby's arrival. I can't say it went smoothly but it certainly was an interesting experience! Let me explain: It was planned that I would have some time to paint on Sunday. Although I woke up to pouring rain, I didn't let it stop me as I wasn't sure when I would get a chance to go out again. As a first painting I could have picked a nice spot around the corner. Oh no, for some inexplicable reason, I decided to take my bike with all my gear, in the rain, and get to the other side of town, right across the annual Bath half marathon! When I was finally set up, I only managed to get 3/4 way through my painting before receiving an urgent call asking me to come back. "She's hungry", my partner said... So basically I had to give the final touches in the studio!
|Sydney Gardens bridge in March 10"x14" oil on board|
|So close to be finished but yet so far...|
Below is my second attempt of plein air in Bath this year. I discovered a beautiful spot with allotments and great views over Bath, just 5 minutes walk from my house. It was a sunny misty afternoon which gave a lovely purple fog in the distance. I liked painting the bonfire too which adds a nice feeling of movement to the composition I think.
|Monksdale road allotments in the afternoon 16"x9" oil on board|
|My set up between the lettuces and cabbages|
I came back to the allotments one sunny afternoon to do an other little study. My partner came to say hello while pushing baby Louisa in the pram. When I asked what he thought about the painting he told me the two things a painter doesn't want to hear:
1. It's not finished, is it? (while it was 90% done)
2. Well, it's... 'different'... (is it?? why? how??)
The positive thing, is that I will never get big headed with such a partner!
Anyway, I ended up being quite happy with the result, I hope you like it too!
|Monksdale road allotments, spring evening 8"x10" oil on board|
|My set up at the end of the session|
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