And a goat wearing sunglasses. But first, a quick look at a “drive-by” painting en plein air.
There are times when you’re out on location. Maybe on your way to get a gelato, when you spy something you’d like to paint. But, you just don’t have the time to sit and do it. Here’s a down and dirty way to get something on paper until you can back to the studio.
- Whip out a bit of paper and your palette, too. One brush is all you’ll need.
- Don’t do a drawing. There’s no time for that.
- Just paint. Yep, put some splotches of color where you think things should go. Here you can see that’s just what I’ve done. It will be very rough, of course, but who cares? It will give you the ‘feel’ of what’s in front of you, and besides that, it’s FUN! Swipe, swipe, swipe and you’re done for that moment.
Here you can see how rough this method can be. But I could hardly wait to get back and start defining it with a pen. (I’ve used a Micron Pigma, but any will work). I’m sorry that I haven’t had the time to complete it yet, but on the right you can see how I began with only bits of color to represent what I was seeing in front of me. Then, on the left you can begin to see how I’m starting to define the color splotches. I am outlining all of them with pen. If the splotches are way off, I simply reign them in when I do the outlining. I can also add additional shapes or shading at this point – although I normally just leave it rough and fresh. Remember, this is in my sketchbook, not meant to be a painting. However, sometimes they turn out so nice you can frame them! Funny how things can be that way when you give yourself permission to be incorrect and free.
So, yes, here in Spain the Grapes are as big as your head.
The sea glass is as big as your hands!
And the figs remind some of…other things.
As for that goat in sunglasses.
Thought you might also like a few photos of his friends to paint? A whole heard of goats came by La Finca, complete with goat herder. We ran like fools out to the hill to take photos of them. It was worth it. I have never seen so many kinds of goats. Here you go. Enjoy!
That’s it for today. Back to painting beautiful Spain. (In case you’re wondering, yes, I’ll be coming back here. In May of 2018).
Oh how I yearn to be with you…
enjoy the rest of your time in Spain Kathie. Still looking forward to Scotland
Love seeing and reading your blog. Thanks for the. Tips each week
such fun. Glad you are enjoying it. Thanks for the blog.
Great,great fun. I love the pictures and tips too. Thanks.
Thank you for the great tip. Next time I’ll whip out the sketch book instead of the camera. You just don’t get the same feeling of freshness with the camera – ….although maybe I’ll do both if time permits. Sketch first though – it will be good practice.
Have fun –
Thank you for the sketchbook addition to my purse. Looking forward to trying it today on my trips to the stores. We are having magnificent storm clouds and taking pictures, but the sketchbook is much more appropriate. Love figs and avocados, so really jealous. Love and hugs 🙂
Love the lesson! ❤️
I’m so enjoying your blogs. It’s almost like being with you and your group. Maybe next year! Safe travels!
My got would never wear her sunglasses, she was always losing them and the horse would step on them
I love goats. Take lots of pictures. Have a great time.
Ralph said “shame on you” and so glad you have that sense of humor and you did make the trip this year! I enjoyed the goats also….I can just see all the ladies running around their patties and weeds to get up close and personal…not quite as personal as the figs!
Tips are great. Enjoy the kidds…
That really got my goat!!!! I’m glad you’re having fun. We can never get too many of your tips am
That was supposed to read, “tips and lessons!!!”
I recognize the coffee shop in the sea glass photo–well worth the walk from La Finca! Spain was such a great trip!
A really fun blog. Sounds and looks like you all had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing.☺