This first painting was using the new Atelier acrylics on a coloured ground in my own style, making up the composition as I went. Since taking the photo, I have added a fifth gull just above the horizon of the water which appears further away than the group, as I felt I needed to bring this aspect of the piece further into the painting.
I had taken down our ordered new Atelier Interactive acrylics and a DVD explaining their use by a very free artist Mitch Waite, which covered compositions including the figure, colour and tone. After watching we decided to create something in his style including figures in the landscape.
Finding a photo in one of Tom's shootings magazines, I came up with the following - applied very simply in blocks and smudges getting away from all my normal detail!! Only took one afternoon researching the inspiration, blocking in and pushing the paint about a bit and even adding the walkers and dog with quick dabs. Only problem working Mitch's way, is you can easily end up with mud on your palette!
It was cold and at times sleety during my stay, so we buried ourselves in the bright studio and carried on painting into the small hours with nibbles, coffee, wine and gorgeous evening meals in between!! So I have lots of results to post to you. All very different, depending on how we played. Watch this space!