Friday, 10 July 2009

Outside Again

It was a great feeling to be 'outside painting' again.

Apart from my week on Tresco earlier this year I haven't been able to paint outside in Dorset for some time.

So starting this painting on Winfrith Heath yesterday felt fantastic.

It also gave me a chance to put my newly designed and commissioned roof-box to good use, as the canvas was too large to fit inside the car.

I'll post more about this later today.


PD said...
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PD said...

I was watching the 'Imagine' series on the bbc iplayer recently. A program about David Hockney's attempts to paint large canvases in the landscape. Your post reminded me of it, although you don't appear to have an assistant to get all your canvases out and prepare the paints for you! It showed the many difficulties, but also the excitement that a painter gets in painting from the motif-as Cezanne might have said. You obviously share this same excitement each time

Hockney film


Polly said...

Cant wait to see it. What is the red thing on the ground to the left? x

Chris Rudge Renewable Power said...

It is good to see you back in action.. Summer days on the Heath should always be inspirational!

Harriet Barber said...

Thanks Paul,

Its true that I do get a buzz from painting from life on large canvases out side, however demanding.

It does drain my energy as it lacks the comfort of a studio, but I think the rewards are worth it.
Thanks for the link to the Hockney film.
I found his approach both fascinating and amusing.

With an assistant, and the expertise money can buy, it surprises me he didn't rig up a complete huge canvas out side. I would have!

@ Polly,
Thanks for your comments. The red thing is my painting ruck sack used for carrying all my paints, rags, white spirit & brushes.

@ Chris,
The heath has a tranquility which I like, and when its warm and sunny there It makes feel very lucky indeed. I saw two smooth snakes under a corrugated sheet on the heath today.

Mike/Debbie said...

Good to catch up with you and your work. Enjoy the summer and we look forward to seeing you in August if not before.