Friday, August 13, 2010

More from Art in the Open 2010

I finally got around to photographing the rest of the stuff from our annual plein air festival, Art in the Open. The first two were both done at a paint-out in historic Tintern Abbey. A great spot for painting if sunny, but unfortunately it remained overcast all day. It was, however, quite a bright and relatively warm day.

Reflections, Tintern Abbey
(12" x 10" Oil on Board)

Low Tide, Tintern Abbey
(10" x 12" Oil on Board)

Off to Johnstown Castle gardens the following day for another paint-out. Due to other commitments, I could only stay for the morning, but managed to finish this one of the glasshouse in the walled garden. Another overcast but fairly bright day.

The Glasshouse, Johnstown Castle
(10" x 12" Oil on Canvas)

The last one here was done around midday on the Sunday of the competition proper. I don't usually do street scenes, so decided to push myself right out of my comfort zone by finding the most public place possible!

Cloudy Morning, South Main Street, Wexford
(12" x 10 Oil on Canvas)

Here are some photos of the scenes:-



Mick Carney said...

The lesson I'm going to take from this set is that you should just go out there and do it regardless of the weather and light. Your sensitive eye has been able to discern an interesting range of colour and value whilst still conveying the reality of the prevailing conditions. More good stuff. Wish I'd made it.

Michael McGuire said...

That's a good lesson, Mick. I spent my first two years of plein air painting waiting for perfect sunny days with consistent light. Needless to say, I didn't paint too often! And sometimes, dull days can be much better for plein air work, unless it's raining of course.