Sunday, March 23, 2014

plein air watercolour to studio canvas

I painted a small plein-air watercolour of an Italian courtyard years ago on a holiday trip. It was a lovely experience sitting in that shaded courtyard, sipping a coffee and painting with the warm sun creeping into the corners and the birds chirping around me. This week I'm creating a larger oil painting using that small watercolour as a jumping off board for inspiration. When it came to blocking it in, I decided on a slightly different composition. The original seemed a bit empty when I upscaled the simplicity of the I've added some architechtural shapes in the right background, to give it more depth. This is stage one, but feeling good about it.


  1. It's looking great so far Sally! It must be nice to be re-visiting a special holiday by painting this.

  2. Love the painting so far and the description of sitting in an Italian courtyard sipping coffee. Yum. Thanks. Escape seems wonderful right now.

    XOXOXOXO Barbara

  3. Hi Wendy, thank you! and yes it brings back lots of lovely memories.

  4. Hi Barbara, ...thanks! and while we're on the subject of escapes...Florida here we week!


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