Went out painting a few days ago and forgot my camera, so there are only these photos to show, taken this morning in the studio.
First canvas - I was really trying to keep things loose, apply the paint thinly and not overwork.
Second canvas - the paint gets a bit thicker here, and I'm not sure I like the composition. Foreground handling is throwing me off.
Third - my favourite of the day. Paint applied well, good colour and placement of land/sky.
Yesterday my plein-air buddy and I went out again and I remembered my camera but forgot my brushes! Oh no. We found a lovely view, and she lent me two old watercolour brushes...
the lovely view
An exercise in frustration: applying oil paint with watercolour brushes, which are too soft and too long and the wrong shape entirely! I don't hate the resulting painting, but I sure don't love it either.
I was ready to give up when sudden inspiration hit and I wrapped the lower part of the brushes with masking tape. The shortened bristles were just a bit stiffer and just a bit easier to work with...
the second lovely view
The second painting, made with the altered brushes. A much improved experience.
One very cool thing about all this is that I learned I can make a painting with only two brushes. Hmmm... I have been carrying 15-20 brushes when I go out, but I think my field painting kit is going to be streamlined!