Monday, 4 July 2011

Outdoor painting

My palette looks really sharp in the strong sunlight.

I am painting outside as I have a black redstart feeding her young in my Atelier.They are quite sensitive birds; easily disturbed while nesting and feeding. They are tame but, while rearing their young, they are easily spooked, and sometimes abandon their nest. I wasn't familiar with the bird in the UK. They are nicknamed the 'Builder Bird' as they love disturbed soil, and activity typically found in building sites. They are one of the first birds to arrive in spring. After the harsh winters here they are a great lifter of the spirits,with their uplifting whistle and shuffle. So it's good to care about their fledgelings, right?
The light is wonderful outside.I love the clarity of the light in the mountains, can be a harsh critic though. . After painting indoors I have to rethink my palette. It all looks a bit strong here too green maybe. I like the sky colour in my painting it seems to be good comparison. 

Later in the afternoon I needed a parasol.


  1. Oh I adore your painting!!!!! I also love the dappled shadows across it too! The view is so evocative of rural France and you have captured it beautifully, the palette is perfectly chosen! I am your newest follower and I adore your blog!!! Warmest wishes from an old farmhouse in England - Glenda xxx

  2. Thanks Glenda, it is so encouraging to have such a an enthusiastic message.
    France is a wonderful inspiration for us.
    I look forward to following your blog too. Jane xx