Have decided to focus my attention this year on three major exhibitions and Gallery paintings. The first up will be the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA).
I'm planning on a couple of London paintings and probably a couple of boats down at Porlock Weir. This painting will be of the PS Tattershall Castle from Hungerford Bridge. I've spent a couple of hours blocking in the main shapes and trying to get my values accurate before I'll start work on any detail. It will remain dormant for the next few weeks with the children off school but it will give it a chance to dry!
Following my year working with Kevin Macpherson I tend to use only a very limited palette: Cad yellow, Cad red, Alazarin, Ultramarine and Phthalo Green. If I'm working on site with a pochade box I'll only use three colours - The primaries. It simplifiys things and helps maintain colour harmony. I find that if I add too many colours I can quickly turn my palette to 'mud'!
Another useful combination is black, red and yellow (no blue). Is great for learning that everything in painting is relative and a black can be made to 'read' as blue depending on what colour you put it next to!
The children enjoying themselves!