I have been getting back into oil painting lately. I was very happy with my last two plein air efforts with oils so I decided to take them out again today. My family bought me a portable easel last year, so it’s relatively easy to transport everything I need, though I don’t think I’ll be backpacking it far. I went to a spot on the Otter River I had seen when we were bike riding last weekend where I could set up on the side of the road. I only had a couple of hours and it took me a whole hour just to get the basic drawing completed. I’m happy with the results. It’s something I could finish in the studio.
We spent a wonderful long weekend on Cape Cod. The weather was fantastic. We saw some good friends, rode our bikes, and went to the beach. It was a great way to end the summer.
On Friday our bike trip ended at Coast Guard Beach where I did some people watching and sketching.
There was a dramatic looking cloud hanging out over the horizon that was catching my eye all day long. I did a quick sketch of it with inktense pencils.
On Saturday morning I went out early to the end of West Dennis Beach and did this oil painting looking down the Bass River. I had only a couple of hours so I kept it simple and that seemed to help.
Some of the best work I've done isn't hanging on a wall; it's sitting in a box in my closet that's full of my old sketch books. I fill up one or two books each year. Some of the sketches end up as a basis of a more formal work, but most don't. They’re more important to me as a pictorial diary and also as on-going training; learning to really see and to understand shape, light and color.
This blog is to share my sketches as well as my sketching experiences.