Friday, August 6, 2010

Plein Eire - the Wexford Open Air Art Weekend

Wow and what a weekend it was too, very inspiring meeting all those artists and great locations too. Thanks Louise , Alex, Tony, Kevin, Karen and everyone in Plein Eire for looking after us over the few days we spent in beautiful Wexford. It was fabulous but exhausting : ) Picked up some good tips; gonna travel very light in future when working outdoors - less is more. Palette knife to place in telephone and electric cables. Cigar boxes as easles and for carrying wet paintings. Avoid (unless you want it) the middle of canvas when composing - it's boring to look at, keep horizon lines above or below this, verticles and focal points are best off centre - cheers David - use a colours complementary to give it added zing. Allow underlay to peek through the layers - a reddish tone will effect greens etc. Suggesting clouds, these have no definite outline, they are nebulous vapourlike substances -- thanks to plein air superstar David Diaz.

The sea can have warm colours in it - thanks Michael. You can paint with oils prety much straight out of the tube. Just use turps to help flow sometimes, clean and wipe in between loading new colours onto brush. Use a dish scrubbing brush to get nice textures and drag paint around to get interesting grass effects etc. Also prime canvases and paper with gesso I believe - it adds to the end result - will do this - thanks Frank.

These first two were done in my trusty acrylics

These are the two that went into the Greenacre gallery exhibition I sold the boats one entitled "Safe Harbour". The unsold one is called "Skyline Enniscorthy". Here's a photo of the original sketch



Did my first out in the open on the spot oils too - see below

6 comments:

Mary said...

Fab. painting of the boats James, and I love your sketch. Seems all your Sunday Sketching has paid off!
Love the colours in the boat pic. and I wonder what colour basecoat did you use! Great work with the oils also, is this your first oil? Well, onwards and upwards from now on!

sonia said...

Hello James. I'm impressed by your paintings and feel really happy to see what you have done and achieved! Complimenti,
Sonia

Sarah Bowie said...

wow James. You obviously got a lot out of the weekend,your work is great. The boat one really stands out, but I also really like your first oil painting - beautiful greens and nice depth; very promising for what's to come :)

Michael McGuire said...

Glad you enjoyed the festival, James, and learnt so much. Just remember that all those tips will be of little use unless you get out and paint often! Hope you make it back down our way for some paint-outs.

Tracy O'Brien said...

http://pix.ie/tonyrobinson/1845255/in/album/384440
A shot of you in action!

Stephen C said...

Hi James, I love 'Enniscorthy Skyline' lovely palette of colours and a beautiful gentle style. It has a real story book atmosphere, would make a great background for an animation. See you soon Stephen