Why Do Artists Head Out to Paint Plein Air – PolArt – Fun On The Brisbane River – Dec ’18

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What could be more fun between Christmas and New Year –

than to head to the River with art materials and inspiration to Paint!

2hrs only – starting gun at 10am and stop painting 12 noon!

then the challenge to get the wet work back to the Studio – framed and delivered to the Polish Club – Brisbane – ready for judging!

Congrats to winner Julie Brims

Quick loose and well designed – Judges – Henri Van Noordenburg and Malcolm Middleton good choice!

So what’s involved in Plein Air painting – this is the story of a ‘Studio’ Painter pushing her comfort zone ……… 🤨

…………………… you take your gear find a shady spot and capture the essence of the view in front of you – sounds easy but to capture what you see and make it work in 2 hours is something else ………………….. given that I have painted all my life – I have done very little plein air painting, as a teenager I used to sit up in the dunes at Yamba Beach on the North Coast of NSW and sketch …….. I have fond memories of this type of gig ……. so yesterday was a fantastic challenge to push outside the comfort zone ……………it was the best day!

Szczepan Urbanowicz – dedicated organiser and me – registering …….. with no hat …temp already over 30 degrees ….. !!

Thanks Jenny Loveday – President Qld Watercolour Society for this pict!! 🌞

If I had had a hat … I would take it off to Urban Sketchers who have their kit all organised – little sketching easelspaints in tidy pots and paper the size that you can manage in a fine breeze – as a studio artist – I had the total opposite – a huge sheet of paper (oversize, apologies to Szczepan Urbanowicz …. your instructions were very clear – in my rush to be ready for Christmas/NY – FabrianoInAcquarello – 2019 and many other crazy things I failed to read them properly – saw the 130cm and decided that was great as I had a frame that size to fit the finished work in …………..🤫 🤨 🙃…………… no excuse so I would have been disqualified under normal circumstances – rule 101 for Artists – don’t do what I did!!!)

I had my paints (though still in tubes – not palette) but organised in my little tin – a gift from friend and French artist – Muriel Buthier-Chartrain I had water and a collapsible water pot – which I headed out to buy after watching all the plein air painters in Fabriano – Italy with envy earlier in the year!  I had my precious brushes – of which I usually only use 2 – a NEEF Squirrel No: 10 and a wide wash brush of some sort!……… so I am ready !!!!

My trusty ink and pens – which I love to use to add final detail when working with quick sketching – (even in the ‘Studio’ 🙃) – !!

I had the amazing View – Brisbane from South Bank!

The challenge was there in front of me – the temperature was rising and finally reached 30 degrees Celsius – but it did turn out to be one of the best 2 hrs I have spent in a long time …………………… thanks Szczepan and PolArt for thinking of it …………..>

Had to get the City Council buildings in for my daughter ………….. !!

I guess this is the answer to why people go out in crazy temperature and capture a scene – they are scenes full of memories ………..!

The fun of sharing with other artists and family that come to watch ….. 🌞

The fun of being part of a community – !!


Well done hats off to PolArt and Artist Szczepan Urbanowicz for all the organising and great vibes that you shared with us!

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