Sunday June 12.
I suggested that South Norfolk Sketchers went 'plein air' painting today rather than sketching for the morning.
I chose Venta Icenorum and the adjacent High Ash Farm as the venue. It was a bright, breezy day and nine members,, including myself, spent a wonderful few hours painting the expansive views from both places.
I decided to work with pastels and set up in the shade of a large oak tree to paint the iconic pine trees that are silhouetted against the skyline as you enter High Ash Farm.
What a struggle. Why is it that everything I know about creating harmonious colour goes out of the window as soon as work plein air? After all these years, as soon as work outside, I still tend to try to reproduce local colour rather interpreting that colour to create colour harmony. BIG MISTAKE.
Nevertheless, I created something that I can treat as a sketch for a future work back in the studio and it was a good day in great company.
I think it makes a better composition cropped like this: -
'The Pines at High Ash Farm'. Pastel en plein air.
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