It has been almost a year since I did the landscape course at my school, it was a 5 day intense training on how to paint outside and the different approaches to landscape painting. I must say I didn't feel like I fared extremely well at the time however I opened my pochade box this faithful Sunday morning and thought to myself 'hm' I guess it wasn't as bad as I thought. Albeit they aren't breath taking but they weren't the pile of green mush I had convinced myself they were.
So I over packed my kit, got my rickety pochade box out and set off with a group of friends from school to go paint in Richmond park early Sunday morning. My rookie mistake of the day was not looking for my Tripod stand, however I managed to find a nice ledge I could rest my paint box on but I had to awkwardly bend over to paint the entire day or sit in an uncomfortable twist on the ledge while I painted away through to the late afternoon. Major lesson learnt, never go out landscape painting without a tripod again. My back will thank me for it in the later years.
Anyway! Our first location we stopped at was a cute field with a herd of cows grazing. I found this scene entirely charming so we set up our little painting camp there.
I wanted to paint the cows quite loosely since they obviously kept moving and just wanted to give an impression of cows there. The first one was a good taster for painting outside again after so long, next time I'd like to go in a little more depth into the trees and maybe up the intensity of colour. However it wasn't a bad attempt I think. I painted on some scrap pieces of linen I taped to my canvas boards which was also so much nicer to paint on than cheap cotton canvases. A choice I highly appreciate.
After a bit of stalling and procrastination the scene behind me was drastically different from the first I had painted. We now faced the river with a few boats. I decided to zoom into one boat along the river and paint that since I was also limited to canvas space.
I am far more pleased with this little guy, I feel like with landscapes when you have a certain element to anchor onto (no pun intended) it makes for a far more interesting painting. It also helps in what I like to call 'not making everything look like mush." Although ammmmazing landscapes have always been produced of meadows and greenery since painters starting painting landscapes, or really since the invention of paint tubes. I just feel like that's a field I am not that interested in (hahah more puns, non intentional.)
I believe we shall return next week Monday to paint at Richmond park again. Hopefully with a tripod and a significantly downsized kit. Watch this space.