Trying to be more spontaneous when painting plein air. Such a sunny winters day in one of my fave places to hang by the sea. My gouache paints were drying out quickly and the sea water I used in my spray bottle added to the authentic feel I wanted to capture but it just clogged up with sand particles. And sitting on a rock to paint took its toll when I stood up but I needed to feel grounded in nature whilst I worked. It’s so tempting to go back and correct this one but I’ll resist as that’s where the continual learning comes from; knowing how to stop.
It’s 37 degrees celcius today in Melbourne. Another hot one and my water bowls are topped up for the local wildlife.
I came across a smallish blue tongue lizard yesterday living in a retaining wall near my clothesline, which is a perfect spot as the local spider community reside there too. And a couple of days ago I watched as Mr. Echidna meandered from my backyard to the front garden, digging with his nose in the river pebbles and making a big mess; funny to watch. He was as big as a basketball. Then he scooted up and into my carpet rose bed and I haven’t seen him since.
I am in awe of our Victorian magpie families and will post another quick sketch soon from my garden in the heatwave this past weekend. So adorable watching one bird seeking out where I had left tubs of water for them. He let me come up very close as he was sipping away in the heat of the day.
Thought I should upload a pic of this commission I have completed. It is of significant importance to the customer as they holiday down this way often and he was specific with his criteria to have his girls included and some other attractions, but overall I had artistic license which is fun and challenging. This is a large oil on canvas.