|Taking photos after a sociable evening meal, |
catching the light on the cliffs before the sun goes down.
But I invariably come home with loads of ideas and not an inconsiderable amount of sketches. The weather dictates the number of photos to drawings as we're not a hardy bunch! and most of our sketches have been done in a comfortable spot out of the wind.
This latest expedition got me thinking about the things that make a successful painting trip and I've come up with a few ideas...
- Good company. Well you wouldn't go away with anyone you didn't like would you?
- Away from your normal life. I love my life and my family, but a few days away forces me to concentrate on another aspect of my life, and I don't have to cook.
- Great location. Lots of great places to draw , landscape and architecture that's a bit different from the everyday
- Good place to stay. You need a hearty breakfast to set you up for the day, a comfy room and a place for you all to have a meal together in the evening.
- The right kit.Click here to see my revised sketching kit ! You've got to think about two things.One, what you need, and two,what you can carry. I take just basic stuff as I'm a lightweight but lots of my fellow artists take paints, water, a chair, an easel. It's got to be the right kit for you.
- Limited time. This concentrates the mind.
- Warm, still weather would be nice, but appropriate rainproof clothing makes up for a lot.
|Mary Kemp. Boats at Brancaster Staithe.|
|Mary Kemp. Thornham. |
I wanted to draw looking out to sea,
but the wind was so sharp
I ended up in a sheltered spot looking inland.