This is the fourth in a series of posts with videos of artists painting (or drawing) "Away from the Daily Grind." I hope you enjoy being out with them as they're doing what you're probably wishing you were doing right now. (Me, too.)
(Links to earlier posts in this series are below the videos.)
BELOW - AN ARTIST IN THE U.K.
WATERCOLOUR SKETCHBOOK WITH BRIAN RYDER
2 minutes, 22 seconds
This short video gives the feeling of being at seaside on a brisk cool day. (Yes, there's a train at seaside...Also, boats.) The artist talks about his watercolor sketchbook and says that sketching on location before painting is a good idea for watercolor artists because when you're using simple means you tend to get down just "the essential bits," or, in other words, the essence of the subject. There are a couple of other sketching tips. I get the feeling there's a longer video of this somewhere.
BELOW - AN ARTIST IN MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN
RIVER FRONT PLEIN AIR OIL PAINTING
2 minutes, 40 seconds
Artist Fred Bell braves quite a unique painting spot under a bridge in the city where space is rather cramped and there are very few other people around (and those who are in the area are sometimes rather suspicious-looking characters). It's quite interesting to to me to see somewhere that's so different than the usual kind of painting/drawing spot. Thanks for taking us with you, Mr. Bell.
BELOW - ANOTHER ARTIST IN WISCONSIN
CAVE POINT EN PLEIN AIR ("FINDING THE MOTIF") - ARTIST: BRAD TEARE
2 minutes, 39 seconds
The artist points out that it's critical to do a sketch of the motif you've chosen before starting the painting because the shadows will change dramatically. He says that he uses the sketch "to maintain that basic design that attracted me to the motif." What a beautiful place to paint.
BELOW - AN ARTIST IN THE ARCTIC
CORY TREPANIER'S "INTO THE ARCTIC #65" - FORT CONGER (Canada)
4 minutes, 54 seconds
And now for something entirely different -- This artist finds himself in a very rugged place in the Canadian Arctic, where there are ruins of wood houses abandoned by 19th-Century explorers of the area. He hitched a plane ride to this place and has just a couple of hours in which to choose a subject and make a picture before the plane takes off again. Even in that short a time, however, the tide comes in and his painting gear is stranded.
BELOW - AN ARTIST IN BELGIUM
THE PASSIONATE PAINTER IN ANTWERP: ALVARO CASTAGNET
3 minutes, 2 seconds
"Alvaro Castagnet is a highly respected watercolour artist with an international reputation. His paintings capture the essence of his subjects with passion, boldness and elegance. In this film he travels to Antwerp and selects a range of subjects which include street views, a café interior, inside the railway station and one of the oldest bars in Antwerp painted at night."
Earlier posts in this series:
- Ed Cooper - Painting Landscapes Outdoors
- Painting in a Florida Swamp
- Drawing with Indian Ink in Open Air (Barcelona, Spain)
- A Passion for Paint: Herman Pekel (Australia)
- Sketching at Erawan Waterfalls, Thailand
- Painting in the Grand Canyon, Arizona
- Sketching Taormina, Sicily
- South African Landscape Painter Niel Jonker
- Plein Air Painting on Moonstone Beach, California
- Open Air Painting in the Peak District National Park (U.K.)
- Painting a Fish Farm Bridge (Hong Kong)
- Seattle Sketcher
- An Artist Painting in Silver Creek, Idaho
- Peter Pettegrew (in "the Florida wilderness")
- Summer Light in Watercolor (Australia)
- On the Streets of New York