Friday, January 06, 2012

New Year Shenanigans

January 5th 2012
oil on canvas
40cm x 60cm
Last year I began my plein air river project on January 5th and soon after I started it I was commissioned to paint a plein air painting on January 5th 2012 as a 50th birthday present. 
It was to be of this view, which is the mouth of the Helford river and it was to be painted whatever the weather.
The river project ground to a halt in September, due to the need to paint for exhibitions, which is a good thing indeed  (I plan to fill in the missing days on the river over the next few years so that eventually I will end up with a whole years worth of paintings.) 
Anyway back to the story of the commission... yesterday dawned with very strong winds, a far greater problem for the plein air painter than rain or snow or hot sun.  I hatched a very cunning plan...I drove my van to the specified place, set up my easel inside and with the side door open painted from there.  It worked brilliantly, shelter from the wind and a great view...
so I got the painting completed in relative comfort...
until I tried to leave when my trusty van became well and truly stuck in the mud
much splattering later
I phoned a friend, in the form of Big Dave and my lovely son Joe who came to the rescue with Dangerous Dom's land rover.
so I got home, very muddy, the van is a mess and I am wondering if a land rover would make a better mobile studio.
The painting was delivered wet, as per instructions and was very well received.
and here is is a little study that I did a few days before to try out the view!
The new year has started well, I have lots of paintings all being framed and ready for exhibitions and I shall post them on here over the next few weeks. I hope you had a very happy new year and I wish you a fantastic 2012.


Edgeworth Johnstone said...

Brilliant painting.

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Good story - to be shared with all my readers on Sunday! ;)

Kevin McPherson took more than one year to get his complete years worth of dates re his pond - so you're in good company

Sue Pownall said...

I'm sure they were pleased with the painting.

What a lovely story to go with it.

Danielle Barlow said...

Lovely painting - i'm impressed that you braved the gales and attempted it!

simon said...

well well well! Nice combination of art, clever vehicle use and off road adventure!

I just bought a toyota Fj which has interesting door which I use for bird watching ( as a hide) to great effect. ( I will not bore you too much with it)

Happy new year! :o)