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En Plein Air - again

Being very short of time at the moment I have put in three weeks worth of en plein air paintings. This is the first. This mountain of ours is very imposing! These were all done from the Tafelberg Road parking lot.

This was the second painting from the following week. The first was a total write off! These things happen, and I am learning to live with it.

Then came Tuesday the 5th May!!!! The mist came swirling in over the saddle betweenSignal Hill and Lions Head. It came roaring up through the City and over Devils peak. This was the most amazing painting day. We couldn't get our easels up and functioning fast eough. Butterflies in the tummy! You could smell the mist while you painted! What an experience!!!! I managed to do two paintings. The first facing Signal Hill, which was invisable, and the second facing Devils Peak, which kept on disappearing.

All the above are very small, 285mm by 200mm. I feel more comfortable at the moment painting small. The last two paintings I did on a pure white background of primer and Gesso. I actually prefer the white. It somehow portrays the icy cold of a Cape winter with the cool grey rock of the Cape mountains. I wish I could be out there every day!!!!


Anonymous said…
I particularly like the second and fourth paintings. The second has really nice colors and the path leads you through the painting to the trees which are lovely. The third and fourth paintings have a wonderful mood. And of course, I always like seeing table mountain which you have so artfully painted.
Barbara Pask said…
These are wonderful, I can feel the fog in some of these. I think the first and second are my favorite. I love the colors in the foreground in the first and the second with the path leading your eye in. Your trees are amazing.
Kathleen Hebert said…
You made me feel that I was right there with you. What glorious drama and that power of nature! You really captured that in #4! - Kathy
Anonymous said…
I love all of these paintings and see such a great improvement. Painting from life really is exciting and atmospheric. I feel I want to be in these places. Well done!! You have been productive.
Carol said…
Jean, thank you so much for your kind words. I like the second third and fourth best too!

Barbara - compliments like that will get you everywhere!!! Thank you it means a great deal to me as I have really battled with trees!

Kathy, thank you for the visit, yes the whole experience is really awe enspiring.

Carolann, I really am beginning to feel that I am improving. There are still days when nothing seems to work, but that happens with everyone. I just seem to be so busy that my poor old blog has gone by the by! Just not enough hours in a day or days in a week! Thank you!

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