|Original watercolour sketch of Shanklin Chine by Lee Papworth 2017|
En Plein Air Tastic!
A few weeks ago a group of students and myself visited the Shanklin Chine to do some sketches and watercolour studies. The course was well attended and very successful. All students enjoyed the experience of drawing and painting outside. They enjoyed visiting the Chine (some for the first time).
I personally did some watercolour sketches as well as teaching, helping and guiding the students create their own work. You can see my sketches below. For those of you thinking about doing watercolour sketching make sure that no sketch lasts more than ten minutes, if possible try to limit yourself to five to six minutes on each sketch. This will keep your sketches fresh and not overworked. Remember these are sketches are not meant to be finished works. Happy sketching!
Original watercolour sketches of Shanklin Chine by Lee Papworth 2017
On sunny days during the spring and summer I often go en plein air painting on the Island. I take my oil paints, white spirit, brushes and prepared canvas. My first painting was of the War Memorial on Sandown Esplanade with Culver in the distance and the next was of a ramshackled old hut on Lake Beach with the cliffs towering behind.
|Unfinished original oil painting of Sandown War Memorial by Lee Papworth 2017|
|This is me in action!!! (taken by a very helpful holidaymaker)|
|Unfinished original oil painting of Lake Beach by Lee Papworth 2017|
All of these factors add to the enjoyment and excitement of painting outside. I recommend that everyone paints directly from the source, as observation is king!
In my next blog post I will let you know further details of forthcoming courses in September. If you wish to know the dates and course details I am delivering please look at the last post.