Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Summer studio

Garden studio!

 It's a big one! I've been battling on with some studio paintings recently. I'll be honest with you I feel I'm on a huge learning curve!
Here are my main aims with studio paintings -

  • To paint on a much larger scale
  • To carry to a further point ideas I have gathered from plein air painting sessions
  • To keep the same simplicity and lively brushwork in the studio paintings that I have in my plein air work
My main difficulties with this presently are -

  • First and foremost to keep the excitement and inspiration going when one step removed from the beloved subject
  • Related to the above point and also due to working on a much larger scale, the awkward middle period when you really don't know if the thing is going to work or not goes on much longer and so...
  • It's harder to break through the pain barrier!

We're still roasting hot here so I have to leave my studio by 11 am at the latest as it's an oven by then, and move kit and caboodle outside.
The only drawback with painting in the garden is really that I have to keep kicking the football for Maisie. And sometimes I have to sit down with an ice cream or a glass of ginger beer. Ho hum.


  1. I love your posts, Haidee-Jo. This one is especially refreshing.

    1. Many thanks Karen, that's so nice to hear :-)

  2. Such an honest post!haha, it really makes me think about what happens to so many of us (myself included) with painting out, but still at home. If I switch to large brushes it sometimes helps me. keep the freshness and cover ground faster. looks like a good block in!

  3. Bonjour,

    Vous avez un fidèle admirateur...
    Icarus mon nouveau compagnon dalmatien est heureux aussi de partager mes moments de peintures à l'extérieur...
    Cependant ces derniers jours, les températures sont trop fortes pour peindre aisément... Je dirai que mes moments se transforment en instants !

    Très belle collection que celle de vos merveilleuses toiles...
    Gros bisous à vous et des caresses à votre ami à quatre pattes !

    1. Merci Martine et des caresses à Icarus :-)

  4. Replies
    1. What, that likes ginger beer? :-)

    2. That and ice cream, but I meant "the awkward middle period when you really don't know if the thing is going to work or not goes on much longer and so..." !

  5. So nice to be able o work outside, and I'm so pleased to see Maisie again - she was in the first of your blogs I read, and I didn't want to ask if she was still around!

    1. Bless you Angela! Yes, she's very much around! Glad that your plein air habit is going well :-)

  6. Well I am amazed she is still on her paws, eating balls must be soooo bad for you!, she is lovely :-)


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