I spent most of today at The River Waveney Study Centre (was The Otter Trust) at Earsham just outside Bungay. It’s a big site (with views wherever you turn) and I set up by the new hide overlooking the Scrape. This is where I will be putting my installation as part of the Waveney & Blyth Arts Sculpture Trail later this month. I also painted a second picture from the path by the river. I’m happy with both pictures and they’ll probably both be included in the installation – but I’ve chosen this one as my Day 6 picture.
I’m still working in oils and using these first few paintings to try out some new paints. The paints are from Pip Seymour who uses a wide range of ancient (and more contemporary) pigments and cold pressed linseed oil and makes the paints in small batches. They are a little different to my regular brands (Michael Harding and Old Holland) but I’m getting used to them and very favorably impressed so far. I’ll list the pallet that I typically use outdoors in a future post.
Incidentally, I thought I’d answer the question that no-one has asked – “What are you painting on?”. Well – I’m glad I asked! I am painting on 8″ squares of 6mm plywood which have been given a coat of gesso and sanded to a smooth-ish finish. As the pictures are all quite small, I didn’t want to to have to worry about fighting the texture of canvas or linen and I’ve cut the 64 panels from material that was left over after we’d lined our new studios.