The 4 day sketching trip to Theodore was a really great break. Outdoor sketching always makes me feel more connected to my subject. I can be as messy and freed-up as I like as I’m not trying to make finished pieces, though sometimes there are little surprises worth hanging.
I have a basic kit that I can carry away from the car, and I like to stand when I work so the metal easel comes too. And a thermos. And some snacks. And cake. No point suffering…
This cattle property was just covered with enormous bottle trees, they show how much the farmers love them when every other tree species is gone. On the ecosystem maps I’m referencing (with colour), these trees would be in a ‘white zone’, and here they’re marching up the hill toward a protected ‘pink zone’.
Using gouache on Arches cold pressed 300gsm, I laid down colours that referenced the maps – magenta, green, oranges and then painted over this with white acrylic. Gouache is so perfect for quick outdoor sketching as it dries fast.
So, out of the paddock and back in the studio I’ve laid down some really light oil bases in those colours, letting it dry and will see what emerges over the next couple of weeks.