Ruins, Hail Wood, Portbury. Carolyn Lamb. 2019. Oil 8"x8". 12th Feb is probably the earliest day of sitting outside doing an oil painting I've done, although I have been out sketching snowdrops and plants. My board was already preprimed with a layer of Winsor and Newton Naples yellow which gave me a head start. Note the historic pigment Naples yellow is yellow but poisonous (Lead antimonate), so this modern substitute is more like an opaque light golden ochre.
Time for the Girls Weekend. This year we returned to Elsick House, Cammachmore, near Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire. I chose a bedroom with view overlooking the garden but after an initial sketch found I was later dazzled as the sun shone in directly. So I did my main painting from the north facing bedroom opposite which overlooked the drive and artificial pond with Japanese bridge.
Last year I was hampered by running out of paint as my acrylics had dried up in the tubes and only had enough for a 5 x 7" painting. This time I took Artisan oils to avoid that problem, but in order to complete the work in the time I only had a slightly larger board ( 6 1/2" x8 1/2")
trying to paint on top of a cliff in november