Its not that I've been completely put off plein air painting after the last icky trip, but the weather has been a bit wet and wild, and I had taken some photos of reflections in the small dam I was sitting next to - so I painted from them, trying to keep a similiar sort of looseness as when sitting out there. But it is just a completely different thing working from a photo - a lack of urgency to get it down, a more orderly approach when I have all the elements already laid out in 2D... it just doesn't have that edge, somehow. There are some areas of this that I'm pleased with - the reflections in the left foreground, the tops of the reeds, but I want to try it again and get more abstract, rhythmic and colourful. This rough sketch is the kind of feel I'm looking for, though obviously its on the far side of 'loose'!
I have just discovered the work of Adrian Berg RA (that sounds like a South African name - but he's not) and would love my newbie landscapes to develop along those lines - do I see hints of Hockney in his work, or should that be vice versa?
When it comes to dedicated plein air painters - Adam Cope is right up there, out in the beautiful Dordogne. He has done a very nice thing for the New Year - a French tradition - paying homage to some fellow art bloggers and I am so honoured to be included on his list. My regular sketching habit, as well as plein air watercolouring began on a fabulous Chateau painting holiday that my sisters and I went on three years ago - merci Adam (and that is still about the extent of my French!) Plein air on the Dordogne (too big for the scanner so I had to photograph it) - I really sloshed the paint around on this one - had a wonderful time, and see how I stopped before it got overworked. In fact I think it was Adam who said "Stop"... a lesson to take note of!