when all you’ve got’s a sow’s ear

Have you ever struggled to get into just the right spot when you’re painting in a group?

Tools of the Trade, 1st Prize winner Auckland Watercolour Society, Member Merit Awards 2013
Tools of the Trade, 1st Prize winner Auckland Watercolour Society, Member Merit Awards 2013

Everyone’s elbowing each other trying to get the best possie!!

You can either get into the jostle (yuck!) or get there early. Both, to me, are pointless because you never know what the model is going to do and I hate being stuck in a crowd.

My solution is, no matter what’s in front of you, make a silk purse out of the sow’s ear: use your creative brain to come up with a fine composition and make it work!! Test yourself, push your skills and make yourself come up with the goods. If permitted, dive in close at some point and get some photos so you have reference material for when you get back to your studio.

My best strategy for painting en plein air is to grab a cushion, find some shade, get comfy and then look around to find my subject.  When I’m done with that view, i turn 5°, make sure I’m still in the shade, get comfy  and paint – step and repeat!! Very sensible when you think of how much painting time can be wasted wandering around looking for the perfect subject – it’s right there in front of you!
thanks for reading my blog!!

have fun!!

Amanda

www.amandabrett.net

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