Painting by the Billabong
Vitamin D top-up: Soak up the winter sunshine for thirty minutes a day' or 5 to 10 minutes of early morning sunshine in summer.It is mid-winter in my Goulburn Valley retreat, and I'm striving to get out of doors, with bare arms, into the winter sunshine each day to do a little gardening.
I'm setting up my en plein air painting kit. In springtime, I'll not even need to leave home as the canola crop is growing well and my roses and perennials will be spectacular this spring. As per my Fitness beyond Seventy post, I'm less active these days. Just the same, I've not given up any of the creative activities I love, I've just modified them to suit my current level of fitness. Getting enough Vitamin D does not get any less important as we age. Whether it is painting out of doors, gardening, or walking, I strive to get my natural sunshine Vitamin D boost every chance I can.
Self Portrait by Edgar Degas 1834 - 1917
Painting a Tonal Pattern
After this studio lesson, my husband Reg brought coffee out to my student and me in the studio garden. I did a light-and-shade block-in of a rose as a demonstration painting, and we browsed flower painting art books.
Continuing the lessons in Light and Dark, Tonal Values.
Work dark to light, as your canvas is light and you seek to work efficiently.
Choose a not too complex subject in a two dimensional form and you are effectively copying this across, sight size to another two-dimensional form, your canvas.
Painting the Warby Hut
I chose to work in a small scale of A4 size on a 300 gram textured 100% cotton acid free watercolour paper using flow formula acrylic paint to create a simple copy from the photograph - view side image. The paint brands I used were Maimari a very high quality Italian brand. I also have a few other brands of acrylic paint in my kit, chosen for convenience, as they are commonly available.
Making alterations to a completed oil painting by Ryn Shell
OIL PAINTING or SOFT PASTELS