Watercolour has always been the medium for sketching out there in the field.
And this is by far the best way to appreciate creation.
Working on site you can watch the light change.
You can feel the breeze, or the rain or the blazing sun.
You can smell all the aromas in your surroundings.
You can hear the natural sounds.
Your work will reflect the weather conditions of the hour.
Some of my favourite watercolours have speckles from raindrops or patterns where the first wash froze on the page. Sometimes it is a bit much. I have watched my work fluttering out over Hout Bay on a gust of South Easter. Once while painting a watercolour atVictoria Falls the wind changed suddenly and the spray from the falls drenched me and washed all of my work off the page.
Painting on site really is the best.
Some preparation will help your cause. Sure, there is equipment that can make life easier. And of course your skill in watercolour is important. But more than all of this, there is a mindset that can make all the difference. I would love to share my insights with you – As we work in the field.
Come and take part in this beautiful tradition.
Join me at Radloff Park for a watercolour class in “the field”