I spent yesterday with Wendy, whose husband made the winning bid as a present for her on my pledge of a plein air for beginners one-to-one oil painting day. Many of my family and friends will know this was at an auction of promises for St Michaels Hospice back in January. The winner could choose a location within East Sussex or West Kent and Wendy asked to paint at the stunning Seven Sisters Country Park in the summer. We had been waiting over a month for perfect weather conditions and yesterday it really was. I found it hard to believe that Wendy was new oils, had never painted a landscape or painted on location before! Her observation and colour mixing skills were just brilliant (please see my Facebook page to view my photos recording this superb day).
During the course of the day we attracted quite an audience with many people watching and stopping to chat to us – at one point I turned around to see what the noise was and saw over 40 people stood behind us taking photos of us painting the stunning view beyond! That was a new experience for me but we both found it amusing and we had an absolutely wonderful day.
Size: 30 x 40 cms.
Oil on board.
Location: The Seven Sisters Country Park, Seaford, East Sussex
Artist Fran Russell