Last week, we had a trip to the Lake District. Here I am, painting on the shore of Derwentwater last Friday. I'm distracted here by a Black-Headed Gull (below - its name is misleading because it only has a black head in Summer) which kept us company for the duration of the painting.
Here are a few more photos of the painting (a 9"x12" Oil) in progress:
You can clearly see the sentryman in this one (click to view full-screen)
Painting the water as it appeared at the start.
Here's how far I got before frostbite set in in all my fingers, despite wearing fingerless gloves, and Janey couldn't feel her feet. It was a very challenging exercise as the sky was constantly changing, and the far mountains changed in tone, becoming more milky as the weather closed in. I had to work fast and after an hour and a quarter, I had enough down to take it back to the studio to finish off.
Here he is, admiring himself. Actually, being very territorial, he was confused and saw the image looking back at him as another redbreast, and had obviously been attacking the 'intruder' for the last couple of hours and continued to do so as we put the gear back into the boot and climbed into the car.