or how to paint “En plein air” from the comfort of your kitchen…
I’ve never done this before (painted outside, yes. painted up on my window, no.) I’m not even sure where the idea came from! I think it’s one too many tracing projects with the kids’ homework. However it came about, this simple painting exercise brought me to a place of observing and consideration that I wasn’t expecting. I was discovering subtle and intricate shifts of the view, the light, the paint and the paper. These were only moments, ones that I usually miss. What am I saying? schedule some time to stop, look and listen. This is not about making a masterpiece, but it is about influencing and strengthening your ability to see one in the making. Because I was already set up, I could drop the laundry or the paperwork or the phone long enough to appreciate the changes going on around me, to capture some of this movement in a creative way. Be encouraged today.
The kit: one piece of large white tissue paper, simple watercolour pan paints, tape, water, different sized soft brushes, markers and a window!
The process: start light and paint some washes of colour. Be gentle and thoughtful with the work, or it could tear. Leave it to dry and come back at different times of the day to observe the changing light and colours. Paint and draw as you wish, be willing to shift as the scene moves through the day. Look up close, see. Stand back, see through. Move in close again. Leave the room. Come back at a different angle. Repeat.
These photos start from morning light and go through to evening’s dark.