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Thursday, 22 September 2011

Houghton Mill






I have had a splendid day! I met up with fellow blogger Michael Bailey at Houghton Mill to paint en plein air. I am way too self conscious to go it alone although it is something I have long wanted to do, so when Mike offered I jumped at the chance. The weather was good, the location excellent, Mikes company  easy and interesting. Of course we chatted half the time about art, family, brushes and paint, children, Picasso and Pollack, etc, etc., it's a wonder we did any painting.
My idea when I got up this morning was to paint a panoramic landscape, the same view, one watercolour and one oils. So why I zoomed in on the mill, I have no idea. Perhaps I was still in portrait mode from yesterday! My watercolour boats are clumsy but I like that best and might tiddle it up a bit tomorrow. I love Mikes first viewpoint better, even though he didn't paint the mill, and have taken a photo to try it myself. And I adore the light he has captured in the second painting. It's very subtle but mesmerising.
I have concluded today that I really must get out more! Thank you, Mike, for a very enlightening day.

6 comments:

Michael Bailey said...

Thank you for being such a wonderful plein air buddy today, Sharon. Here's to the next sketchday!

Judy said...

Nice to see you both! Looks like you had a wonderful day, and beautiful works too!

Sadeu said...

very good art : )

Pat said...

found you via Michael and am now following your wonderful blog xx

Celeste Bergin said...

Great photo of you two (with poochie friend!) I love your paintings/sketches --you are both excellent at plein air--hope to see many more. Great scenery you have there..very fun to see it "in paint"

Ingrid said...

Sounds like you guys had a great day! Great paintings! :)