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Cadir Idris commission

Well, it’s underway! Having found a nice quality canvas the size I wanted, I’ve set to work with the under layers that will give the painting its deep texture and form. I’m using course pumice paste for this one, applied and worked with a large palette knofe.

Detail of pumice application

Detail of pumice application

I’m using the plein air paintings I did on site and of nearby countryside to remind me of the place and trigger memories.  I tend not to work from photographs as I find there is more information and memory in a drawing or painting where I have spent time observing the subject over a period of time. I’m not so concerned with technical accuracy, but want to evoke a sense of the specific place. I want this piece to have some drama, so I’m pleased I drew it in two very different weather conditions!

Cadir Idris range from Tal y Llyn on a clear, bright day. Useful for colour references and shapes

Cadir Idris range from Tal y Llyn, painted plein air in graphite and watercolour on a clear, bright day. Useful for colour and shape reference

The same view painted plein air on a VERY wet day (can you tell?)! This one gives me what I need in terms of weather and reminds me how the mountains soften in the rain and how the colours change

The same view painted plein air in acrylics and graphite on a VERY wet day (can you tell?)! This one gives me what I need in terms of weather and reminds me how the mountains soften in the rain and how the colours change. This is actually one of my favourite plein air paintings of the area

I will be updating this blog as I go along, so watch this space…

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