From time to time I'll post the results of my pochade box adventures here in a new series of articles called "Pocket Paintings" -- beginning this week with a brief step-by-step visual description of my current working process. And, if there's any interest, I'll try to post a video of a painting from beginning to end, at some point in the series too.
So, someone cue up the Black Eyed Peas, and "Let's Get It Started!"
It's late afternoon and the autumn sun is low in a clear blue sky -- casting bright warm highlights and long, cool shadows. But the light won't last long and, oh yes, my wife just reminded me that the lower level parking lot will be flooding soon. (No pressure there, right?) So, I'd better get started.
A quick value and sketch in my small Clairefontaine pocket notebook establishes my composition.
I begin to rough in the shapes and establishing the dark areas.
As I block in the sky I continue to refine the iconic silhouette of the island village and fortress-like monastery.
tide level, daytrippers below) and pedestrians
The eastern end of the village is blocked in, shadows are strengthened, and the causeway's low east wall is added.
A few thoughts over a well-earned cuppa tea --
There are many ways of approaching plein air painting and quick sketching in oils and I I've shared just one of them with you this week. I hope you find it useful and maybe even decide to try it yourself. But please keep in mind; if it doesn't work for you, no worries! There are plenty of other options for you to try and sooner or later you're bound to find the medium, technique and subject(s) that are of interest to you.