Over the last couple of weeks I’ve managed to get out and do a bit of plein air painting. These first forays were along the canal. This wasn’t one I did in situ, but is an amalgam of photos I took. I have done this view before, but in the earlier painting there are a row of cottages which are now hidden by the trees on the left. In my earlier painting they were a major part of the image. Now it falls on the narrowboats which are moored along the banks.
Below are some of the paintings I managed to do. I hope to get out again when the weather improves
Exhibitions are coming thick and fast and my framer said he would take some paintings to put in his window. Canals are quite a popular theme with the Leeds Liverpool canal running along close-by. I was a bit short of suitable paintings and had this image. I like the narrowboats against the backdrop of the old mill. I did a similar theme a long while ago where I got up close to the narrowboats, again with the mill in the background and the trees giving deep shade to counterpoint the lit surfaces. It was a favourite painting and sold quickly. This view pulls back a bit, but I thought that it would still make a great subject. Anyway it is in a frame now along with eight others. Now I need to focus on the next exhibition. Thankfully they only want two.
I have done this painting before, but not in this format. I still have the paintings as they didn’t sell. I thought that I would redo it focussing on the gap between the narrowboats and the nearest trees. See how this goes in the exhibition. I have always been fond of the subject with its muted colours, although this time spiced it up with a bit of yellow which I continued into the trees. You can only try.
Having completed the Café series I realised I needed some local scenes for upcoming exhibitions. A few weeks ago a friend and myself got our bikes and cycled from Parbold to Wigan and beyond. It was a sunny day and the light danced in through the leaves of the trees that lined the canal. I need to get out more and paint onsite, but perhaps this is the next best thing.