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04-08-2002, 04:43 AM
This is one of 4 or 5 sketches I did at the Lakeside landing at the south end of Windermere during a 2 hour visit. I suppose the intention was to get enough detail on the boat to do a finished painting, but as usual the sketch is all I got.
There is a constant dilemma working plein aire between getting down the impression of the scene and doing something that can be hung on the wall. I tend to err on the side of a decent sketch and a splash of colour, and rarely do I end up painting the scene again at home. In this way, I have sketchbooks full of rough sketches and few finished watercolours apart from those I did as Christmas presents (Saves money - after all I am a Yorkshireman).
Anyway here is the sketch of the dirty cabin cruiser for what it's worth.
04-08-2002, 07:18 AM
I think you have enough details in the sketch. I mean do you really have to make an "original"? The sketch could be the "original"! It is loose and fine and if you paint one more it probably will be stiff and full of unnecessary details.
Well, that is what I think!
04-10-2002, 10:20 AM
Did I read that right? Four or five sketches in a couple of hours! and this is one of them!!!
It would take me more than two hours if I had tried just this one!
04-10-2002, 12:31 PM
Thanks Rosemarie, you're probably right.
Carly, I was browsing the Drawing and Sketching forum and reckon my sketches don't come close to the stuff posted there.
They are, I suppose intended as reference for studio paintings but I rarely get around to doing them. Anyway, they are memories for me and in that way better than photographs. In case you are wondering, here is an annotated sketch I did from the upstairs window of the Lakeside Cafe which is ideal for observing activity on the lake. (definitely not for hanging on the wall!)
04-10-2002, 08:43 PM
I really like the composition on that second one-- you've beautifully captured the depth in the scene, and you lead the eye wonderfully through the painting. Good eye!
04-10-2002, 08:44 PM
Yeah, carly, in 30 minutes I can figure out what to paint and get my stuff set up. :)
04-11-2002, 04:21 AM
OK Yorky, you answered my question from the other thread - you are from Yorkshire! :) You are really in the best part of the country for plein aire painting. I love the pennines, the lakes and North Wales. Both of your pictures are lovely and they capture the scene. It doesn't matter if they never make it to fully complete paintings - you've captured what you saw at the time and that will always be a personal reminder of what the scene meant to you.
04-13-2002, 03:28 PM
I think you have lots of detail in that "sketch" and it would look very nice framed andmatted....
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