Monday, September 24, 2012

Painting plein air in the Bugaboos III

Cobalt Lake
©2012 Charlene Brown

My last full day in the Bugaboos was my best plein air painting day ever! After an hour of sketching and a picnic lunch in a flower-filled meadow beside a snowbank-encrusted pond, we descended to a ridge above spectacular Cobalt Lake.
Sara Genn got us off to an inspiring start with a demo on capturing the spirit of a place in 20-minutes... First she covered the canvas completely with a richly-hued under-painting of Sara-colours; then she carved out the craggy cliffs and cols with a super-energized blizzard of titanium white. (As you can see in the second picture below, when she tossed it to one side and began another, her first demo was inspected by an oddly colour-matched caterpillar)
Then we each painted as fast as we could for 20 (well, actually 30) minutes, and produced this array of captured spirits – shown laid out for a totally uncritical crit.
Only then did we begin, and in most cases almost finish, our serious paintings. What a day!