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Sketch Marathon Day 10: Revisiting a Plein Air Notan Sketch

by Simon Bland / May 10, 2016 / Landscape Sketch

North Field. 8x10, oil on linen panel. 2016

North Field. 8x10, oil on linen panel. 2016

Sketch marathon day 10. Starting to feel like I'm making some progress.

[Before I continue, I have to say that this sketch didn't photograph very well (much like yesterday's painting). I'll try to get a better image when the paint has dried a little.]

Yesterday afternoon I went out to paint on location. The spring greens were out in full and I struggled to make sense of them on the canvas. To make things harder, I didn't have any OMS with me. I scraped everything off and came home.

Today I pulled out the notan sketches that I'd made on location and used them to create this painting. I didn't use any photographs (I've stopped taking my camera with me when I go out to paint), instead I simply relied on my memory to fill in the gaps. When that wasn't enough I pulled out some of my recent sketches and used those as a guide. Despite my failure in the field I felt that I learned an important lesson from doing that.