En Plein Air

NEWS: New Paintings in production

Having returned from my trip last month (February 2017) to The Lake District and shores of Northern Scotland, I am now back in the studio and working on a number of new large paintings. I shall update these as I go, but here's a link to the current works.

This next batch of works picks up from my last, as I continue to refine my three different techniques relating to the background, midground and foreground. The aim is to create such a sense of depth within the landscapes, that they have a sense of pulling you in.

If you are already familiar with my work, you will know that I aim for my paintings to appear photorealistic at a distance and yet verging on abstract when you get closer. With this next set of works, I will be consciously trying to give thee paintings a more 3D quality, by using more texture in the foreground.

I recently ventured over to The Supreme Paint Company where I found and bought some Rublev impasto medium and impasto putty, which I am itching to get my hands on! The putty I am especially excited about trying, as it will enable me to sculpt the paint, rather than simply applying it.

LINK: Great advice for En Plein Air painters.

I've been trolling around the internet over the last couple of months trying to find information and advice for painting outdoors.

I came across this video this morning on a YouTube channel called Thoughts on Painting by Bristol based artist Tom Hughes and it's definitely the most useful and informative clip that I have come across so far.

Tom, an artist based in Bristol, works as an en plein air artist who paints his way around the South West and London, making videos for his YouTube channel as he goes.

Unfortunately, I'm unable to embed the video into this post, so here's the link instead:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmWa3mdCysQ

PAINTING KIT: Alla Prima - Bitteroot Pochade box

Taking up en plein air painting has been a challenge, but not for the reason you might think. It's not the painting that has been most challenging, but rather the conversion of my equipment from studio to outdoor kit.

I began a while ago by buying a french easel (one of the most popular and recognisable en plein air easels on the market) but found it to be too clunky and ergonomically awkward. So I decided to design and build my own, but again, it still wasn't right.

Still without a suitable solution, I turned to the web again to see if there was another design out there that would be more suited to my needs. I stumbled across a blog forum discussing artist's favorite easels and found several references and a great deal of praise for the 'Alla Prima Pochade Box' made and designed by Ben Haggett from Canada.

I checked out his product video and recognised that here was a man who had spent a great deal of time contemplating and refining his own design.

I have ordered his 10" x 12" Bitteroot Pochade Box which takes between 4-8 weeks for Ben to design, build and deliver. Click HERE for a video introduction and review.


I will do another post with a review of the Bitteroot Pochade Box in several months time.


Alla Prima - Bitteroot Pochade box

Alla Prima - Bitteroot Pochade box