Hut and bonfires
Continuing my hut theme, I was painting on Thursday with the Clifton Art Club at Doynton Old Rectory Gardens, Doynton, Gloucestershire. The gardens are amazing with many possible subjects but I had already planned to paint the Shepherds hut in the field. I chose this view to include the lovely old oak in the background and a bonfire lit by the gardeners. I was sheltering by the hedge from the strong sun which meant the large blank wall was nearest to me so I have added an extra window to break up this featureless space.
I usually carry around my tobacco tin sketching set and a small sketchbook wherever I go.
This lightweight homemade set of 20 watercolours and kit in one tin means there is no excuse to do nothing.
A layer of thick plastic (melinex) separates paint from brushes and acts as palette. I can fit in 11 items (a wetting out brush, 3 sables, 2 reversible brushes, an HB pencil, rubber, sharpener, and 2 grades of black watercolour pencil). No room for water, which I carry in a miniature drinks bottle plus a soya sauce bottle for individual drops.
At the moment I'm trying out a Royal Watercolour Society Fabriano Artistico sketchbook. A plastic sheet keeps the paper below dry when painting. I've just sawn up my watercolour pencils so I can take a mini set to France. I tested them out on this View of Glastonbury Tor from Draycott Slates last week but they don't work as well as I hoped on this paper. Despite being hot pressed paper it still has more texture than the Sennelier Grande Luxe sketch book I normally like to use.
trying to paint on top of a cliff in november