Sunday, 14 April 2013

First Plein Air of the Year

The weather in this part of the world has been so bad for so long that heading out to paint plein air has not held its usual attraction. Today I met a couple of painter friends and headed out to a local landmark, Penshaw Monument. For those of you with a little knowledge of North East folk lore, it is the place that the Lambton Worm wrapped its tail around, immortalised in the eponymous song. 

Speaking of the weather, the day was grey with flat light and a howling gale to cope with so the initial outing wasn't the comfortable day it might have been. Enough of the excuses, it was fun to be out again and though the result is disappointing I'm looking forward to the next day out.

Penshaw Monument - Oil on canvas board 12" x 10"


RH Carpenter said...

At least you weren't trying to paint with watercolors on paper, Mick! I imagine that would have blown away. And this is why I'm not keen to do plein air - although never say never.

L.W.Roth, said...

Not so disappointing Mick. The painting is good; I'm sorry the weather was not. It is taking a long time for the winds to die down and the air to warm up. Kudos to you for being such a brave lad to weather the elements.

Mick Carney said...

Rhonda - Thanks. Yes as soon as it gets windy and damp watercolour becomes so difficult but there is something special about painting outside that satisfies even if the results aren't great.

Mick Carney said...

Linda - I really admire those artists who never let the weather stand in the way of them making images outside and I've decided to 'man up' and try to get out more regularly in future.