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Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Toby and more plein air

Another pet portrait I did as a gift for a friend's 50th last week.  I can finally post it now that she has received it, I really enjoyed painting him, it just seemed to come together nicely


Toby
© Sharon Whitley

And yes I've been out doing more plein air bits and pieces - I'm rarely happy with the result but enjoying the process! Here I am on Tuesday night at the summit of Moel Famau doing a very quick sketch because it was freezing of the Jubilee Tower


the resulting small watercolour  5.5 x 3.5"


and last night it was much calmer and warmer and I did a couple of small watercolours from this view point


 this is one of them, of the fence that lines the path up there


I'm painting in the comfort of the art room at home tonight, or I might just nip into the garden!  Til next time fellow bloggers..................



34 comments:

  1. What a fantastic picture of the wee dog! Such a character ... and you captured it. Love it!

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    1. thank you John, I've received a lovely thank you card today from my friend

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  2. I love the painting of Toby, I know exactly what you mean about it coming together. why doesn't it happen for them all? I really need to start some plein air as well am hoping to get some done while I'm away....you are putting me to shame!!!

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    1. yes it would be nice if that happened all the time! Look forward to seeing your plein air and good luck with the exhibition!

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  3. You did a good painting of Toby - full of character!

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  4. Sharon love your dog portrait. He looks like you captured his personality well. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. thank you so much for your lovely comment Debbie

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  5. Wow, beautiful scenery! Wish I was there!

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    1. it is beautiful and I'm very lucky to live so close

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  6. Great sketches, Sharon, and wonderful pictures of the scenery! Toby is great, what a lovely gift!

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    1. thank you Judy, so good to hear from you x

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  7. Thank god everyone else is saying your Plein air paintings are good, perhaps you can stop saying I'm biased now lol!! Love sitting watching them come together x

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    1. thanks Gary but you're still biased lol!

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  8. Me encanta como te ves tomando apuntes al aire libre. No solo una artista inspirada, sino también una bella mujer.
    Abrazos.

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    1. thank you Ruben that's a lovely comment

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  9. I'm not going to be original here, I know. But am going to be truthful.
    I love the sketches (you said they are quick ones? Oh my!!) and I absolutely fell in love with the little four legged friend, beautiful!
    Always nice to see you in plein air action, Sharon :)
    Hugs.

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    1. Hi Konstantina I hope things are going well for you and thank you for your lovely comment, you're so kind x

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  10. That dog is simply amazing. I love it, Sharon - and the rest of the photos are awesome too. Very nice!

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    1. thank you Heather, I'm pleased how he turned out too and my friend really likes it which I'm relieved about!

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  11. Sharon that Toby portrait is a STUNNING beauty, I know his mistress is pleased beyond words to have such a lovely thoughtful gift from her artistic friend. I admire you determination in tackling PleinAire paintings, your sketches are fabulous. Keep going... you just get better and better.

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    1. Hi Elaine, thank you so much for your lovely comments, I will keep going with the plein air as long as weather permits!

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  12. Toby is fabulous Sharon. Plein air isn't for the feint hearted I've found but it's great fun and I can see you are enjoying it too. Loving your looser style with it. I think we need to invest in some fur lined coats if we are going to do this in the winter months too. It was definitely getting a bit chilly up in Scotland this week. :-)

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    1. lol yes Laura when I'm out walking I don't feel the cold so much because I'm always on the move but when you're sat on a cold rock painting you do tend to feel the cold a bit!! Love your Scottish watercolours and looking forward to seeing more soon!

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  13. Totally understand that you enjoy the process even though you're not always happy with the result. But your work is great and Toby is amazing. nice work. ;-)

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    1. Hi John there's only 1 I've been really happy with and that was the wooded scene but I'll keep at it as I'm sure I'll be learning something each time as well as enjoying it of course!

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  14. these are just beautiful. I have never tried plein air painting but am loving your work. Visiting you via AIB

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    1. thank you Jessica, get out there and try it for yourself, I've become quite keen as you can see

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  15. your pet portrait is beautiful! love all of the photos!

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  16. I am at awe with your art...it indeed is a very special treat to my soul...love it absolutely!

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