Plein Air Adventures

Had an extremely enjoyable and very much needed relaxing “me day” yesterday. It was gorgeous fall weather here, not too warm and not too cold, and beautifully sunny, so I packed up my watercolours, brushes, pencils, sketchbook and camp stool and headed out with an artist friend to do some plein air painting and sketching.  I have been wanting to do this for such a very long time, but just never got around to making it happen until yesterday. Having recently met Ana and found out that she is also very interested in working en plein air, I finally have the incentive I needed to start taking this idea more seriously, and am very excited about our new  PAWS (Plein Aire Watercolour Sketching) Thursdays! LOL

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cemetery statue

First stop was the old Catholic cemetery. Strange as it may seem, this is one of my very favourite places to just go and soak in the delicious atmosphere. And there is so much marvelous mossy old statuary! If you’re into angels or fairies … or old trees, crows and squirrels, this cemetery is an artist’s paradise. We spent a lovely couple of hours sketching and gabbing. I decided to try working with micron pens and watercolours — mediums which I am not very experienced with — and was reasonably happy with how my sketch turned out. Was satisfied that at least my proportions weren’t too off.

Micron pen & watercolour in sketchbook.

Micron pen & watercolour in sketchbook.

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After a picnic lunch, we packed up our stuff and headed to a nearby park where there is this gorgeous huge old stone gazebo up on a bit of a hill that looks out across the Ottawa river to the charming and somewhat iconic view of old Gatineau.

Gatineau

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This time, I tried working on a new paper that Ana gave me to try, Strathmore cold press watercolour paper. I thought I would do a rough pencil sketch and then add watercolour, but I was so happy with how the pencil laid down on the very textured paper that I decided not to add any watercolour.

pencil sketch 1

I loved the texture of this paper with pencil.

I loved the texture of this paper with pencil.

I’m looking forward to many more PAWS Thursdays in the future! 🙂

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4 comments to Plein Air Adventures

  • You’re kinda on a dog theme lately!!! PAWS, 365 DOG!!!! 🙂

    I LOVE cemeteries…I find them very interesting!! Have fun with your new Thursday outings!!!

  • haha…it’s true, Kathryn, I must have dogs on my mind lately!
    Thanks!

  • Manon

    I just took some time to see your 365 Gratitude and I thought it would be a nice way to start the year. How do I start a page like this to post my 365 days of Gratitude. Sounds like a great plan along with The Grand Walk, Painting more, losing weight, being positive, etc etc. lol lol No really I would love to start this and maybe at the end of the year I could make a book of my 365 days of gratitude. I made a book for Chantal for Xmas about our trip to Ecuador she was so happy she couldn’t stop crying.

  • Oh Manon, what a beautiful idea to make a Gratitude book from your daily gratitude photos!! Just start taking photos every day…. I will call you to explain how you can put the photos to use for a page or project 🙂