Having spent nine very creative months in the yurt in Devon and a winter that allowed me to tuck myself away in blissful creative solitude, the next part of my adventure has begun.
As an artist who has spent most of my time producing paintings from the warmth and stillness of an indoor studio space, this next step brings with it a number of new challenges. The main ones being:
- Having to work quickly to capture the light.
- Dealing with whatever the weather throws at me.
- Wild camping and working in the landscape.
Having just completed my first outdoor session (pictured right), it's clear that it's a process that needs to be refined with time and experience. The couple of hours working this afternoon highlighted the kit that was unnecessary and the kit that should almost certainly be brought along next time!
It's going to be an experience for sure, but in the long run my work should begin to loosen up, reflect more confident mark making and all in all imbue a more direct connection to my subject matter.
Outdoor painting gear test...