I have been painting with Barry John Raybould last week, January 30th- February 5th. We went looking for spots around Churt, Surrey, UK and found quite a few nice things to paint around Bentley.
Below is a picture of a lovely farm and the fields nearby. The weather was atrocious but we
I am looking at an interesting arrangement of abstract patterns in the scene, lights and darks,
with a good composition and lead in. The puddles made good leads in for the eye!
I was also looking at warm and cools in the subject. For example the sky was warm and the puddles were cool, so were the distant trees. The buildings in the farm scene were predominately warm with cool grey roof and gates/barn doors. The painting must have a dominant temperature, either warm or cool with some of the opposite to balance it. Here they are both predominately warm with some cool. I was also looking to simplify the shapes and look at the VALUES very closely. Asking myself: is the shape I am painting cooler or warmer, lighter or darker than the ones close to it.
They are small studies on board, 6x8" and 8x10"
These paintings were done in Mauritius and the island of Rodrigues in November 2106, also with Barry, he was visiting me.
Beach at TDD, Mauritius. Oil on board 8x10"