I have just returned from a plein air painting session at Devils Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale. The sunshine always makes it a pleasant experience to paint outdoors, and as autumn is almost here there may not be many more days when it’s warm enough to paint by the river.
This viewpoint of the bridge makes for a very pleasing composition for a painting. Good composition is vital for the success of any painting, the best technique and drawing skills will not retrieve a bad composition. So having quickly sketched in the drawing with a thinned down burnt umber, I blocked in the shapes and covered the surface with the colours and tones, as close as possible to what I could see.
After a very interesting conversation with a gentleman who appeared out of the river, apparently out for a swim, I decided to move on to another location, and finish this one in the studio.