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Old 04-11-2012, 03:07 PM
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Zinkwazi Plein Aires

Our Easter camping trip to Zinkwazi Beach gave me the opportunity to try out some plein air painting.
For me this meant learning to leave out too much detail and just capture the essence of the scene, being decisive and bold about my use of color and learning to use limited brushes to capture what I wanted.
I took a limited palette of my W&N wc's - UB, Cobalt, Cerulean and Indigo, Rose Madder and Cobalt Red, Lemon Yellow, Cobalt Yellow and Raw Sienna, Hookers Dark and Sap Green, Burnt Umber and Burnt Sienna: 3 brushes - a 3/4 inch flat, a no 8 round and a no 2 round, and a block of Bockingford 190gsm.

I ended up using the following colors only - UB, Cobalt, Rose Madder, Raw Sienna, Hookers Dark and Sap Green and Burnt Umber. These gave me enough colours and mixes.

I did 5 paintings over the 4 days, finishing 3 of them to a relative level of satisfaction.

So here they are

This is a beach house overlooking the lagoon - painted from the beach in the morning, sitting under the umbrella using lagoon water to mix the paints!



The second one is a view of the lagoon also painted in the morning



The green hills in the background are covered in sugar cane. The third painting was done at night using only the light from our camping light. I was very unsure of the colors, but in the morning was delighted to see they were pretty true to life. This is my DH reading a magazine in the shelter of the tent overhang, using a hanging gas lamp for illumination. I was sitting in the door of the tent with a similar lantern next to me.



All of these are approx A5 size. I would love to hear C&Cs. I found this a most useful exercise and will definitely make an effort to do more plein air painting.
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Re: Zinkwazi Plein Aires

Those are wonderful! I would so much rather see watercolor sketches of an outing than photographs. I love the night scene :-)

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Re: Zinkwazi Plein Aires

These are really great. Perhaps some scratching on the water to give some sparkle?
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Re: Zinkwazi Plein Aires

All 3 are absolutely charming, but I really love the last one of your DH...composition is very nice & it tells a good story...like the negative painting on chair next to positive painting on tripod thing...very interesting!
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Re: Zinkwazi Plein Aires

Beautiful sketches, Gill... My favourite is the third of your Husband, reading...

Did you make up a plein air kit for yourself with those supplies?
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Re: Zinkwazi Plein Aires

WONDERFUL plein aire sketches Gill! I love them all; Did your DH know you were sketching him? Nicely done.
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Re: Zinkwazi Plein Aires

Painting outside is invigorating Gill
These are really nice!
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All of them very nice, Gill!
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These are all very good plein aire sketches! I bet it was so fun to do.
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Very nice plein air sketches...

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Re: Zinkwazi Plein Aires

Lovely, Gill, gives a nice feel for the place. The first one is my favourite....would love to be there!
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Oh well done!

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