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.