Breaking the Ice with Leftovers

Study of fields at Trough Hill Far in Middleburg VA

Trough Hill III. 6x12, oil on canvas panel. 2016

Procrastination is my forte. I've been finding other things to do for the past week rather than get back to the easel and start painting again.

Since I was unable to get out of the house today, I decided to break the ice on the new studio and do some sketching. This is based on a photograph and a couple of plein air paintings that I did last year in Virginia.

I used a simple palette of black, ultramarine, bright red, yellow ochre and cad yellow light (they just happened to be the paints that I had out). The panel is one of a handful that I made to use up leftover supplies before we moved and is made of muslin mounted on hardboard. I've discovered that it's a very nice surface to work on, as well as being cheap and easy to prepare.

Stay in Touch

Get information about events and special offers delivered to your inbox.

Your Email

Enter your email address to receive occasional emails from Portraits by Simon Bland. You must be at least 18 years old to sign up for the newsletter. Your data will be managed in keeping with our Privacy Policy.