Plein-air pen and wash on paper

Sunday Sunshine

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After weeks of rain showers, occasionally mixed with snow, the sun came up this morning with some white clouds decorating the skyline. So I spend the morning on a bench along the waterfront to try painting skies on location. When you sit out there it is so different from working off photographs seated at a desk, particularly when no pen is used in a picture without buildings. It feels like walking on a balancing bar that is perched 10 feet off the ground.

Clouds over Gabriola Island.

I was not happy with the first go around and decided to let it dry before applying a second wash in an effort to give the clouds some more definition.

It was still too cold this morning to stay around and start a new sheet, but I will certainly go back there again at the next opportunity to paint these clouds in one go. This reminds me of a boss I had, many years ago now, who used to say that as practicing architects we hopefully get it right one day.


Author: John Hofman

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