Friday, November 13, 2009

Night swimming

Night swimming.
30cm x 22cm or 12inches x 8.5 inches
If you wish to "dive into " this painting please click on the picture, it is worth a closer look.
I wasn't night swimming but I was listening to the song by R.E.M. I sit in the darkness and the cold for quite some time before beginning to paint. It is a fantastic way to spend an evening, you should try it! This is a field high up above the river, you need a waterproof blanket to sit on and a head-torch is useful for setting up and choosing your palette. When everything is ready switch the light off and just sit. Absorb the night, let your eyes become accustomed to the dark, look and look and after a while begin to think about shapes and colours, tone and form...let them into your mind and wallow in them, you need to because, although you are there, it is night so when you switch your light on and begin to paint you need memory to play a part too.
Coffee in a thermos flask is a top tip too!

1 comment:

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

I love the blue hills! You've started me painting at night - at least full moon nights :) Good tip about the head lamp!