Friday, November 17, 2006

Walk Two Hundred and Six – Watercolours in the rain

Look I know that at times you must look some of these images and think what the hell is she doing posting these? But I have to tell you that pleine-bloody-aire is not for sissies and if I’ve sat out in the pouring rain pushing watercolour round a page and then carried said watercolour home upside down in a vain attempt to let it dry on the painted side, then you, my dear readers, will get to see the pictures even if it is only to marvel at the endeavour rather than the result. It’s a great British tradition, celebrating failure.

Langley/bluebell wood walk.


Blogger Hashi said...

Ha! Australian too, apparently (what else was Gallipoli?). But I digress. I love your soggy pictures, and I do truly marvel at your commitment. I live in a climate where it rains, oh, ten days a year ... and I manage to come up with an excuse not to walk nearly every day. Bravo, Julie.

10:04 pm  
Blogger Katherine said...

Too tight!

The trick is getting the raindrops to drip artistically!

11:31 pm  
Blogger Tami said...

*chuckling* Julie you kill me! At least you are doing "pleine-bloody-aire" unlike myself, who sits in a warm DRY chair and draws. Far be it from me to scoff at your over-watered-watercolors...I don't even need the help of the elements to ruin mine, I do it pretty well on my own!

6:54 am  
Blogger Katherine said...

Erm - that was supposed to read "Too right!"


8:49 am  
Blogger Glyn Watkins said...

I wish I could paint something a quarter as good on a sunny day with week to do it in! Anyway, if you were a darling of the art industry you be glorifying your art by banging on about how you struggled against naturre?.

9:44 am  
Blogger Karen at Pen in Hand said...

rainy, perhaps, but very pretty. and i love the phrase plein-bloody-aire, and i know i will use it, because i, too, believe it is not for sissies.

1:43 pm  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Eddie the Eagle, William McGonagol, Dunkirk - I'm sure we can match Australia, Hashi! Katherine you first comment did confuse me. Tami – rubbish - your pictures are great, but I know how you feel. Glyn if I could write poetry like you…
Karen, I see from your blog you're a fellow non-sissy so please help yourself to the phrase.

7:42 pm  
Anonymous petescully said...

i think it's great! i just tried a load of plein-air in fog-soaked san francisco, and since i only started using watercolours this summer when it was baking, i hadn't counted on the fact they take much longer to dry when the air is so damp. much messier than i expected. So I think this is great, it sums up an experience, and it's colourful too.

6:22 pm  
Blogger pedalpower said...

Watercoloring with the rain, now that's pretty cool! THis is beautiful, and you my dear, are an inspiration. I must get back to drawing on my walks.

4:54 am  

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