Plein‑air oils painting plan 2021
10 March 2021
After not being able to enjoy the thrill of painting with oils in the fresh air for far too long, I can barely contain myself.
I've effectively been in lockdown since March 2020. As part of a support bubble helping people who've been shielding, I've errored toward caution – even between lockdowns.
Better safe than, and we've been very fortunate. A second vaccination has recently been given, so fingers crossed, we'll all be able to relax a little now.
I'm optimistically making plans for painting outdoors in the landscape this Summer. Bring it on!
While pining for the coast, both beaches and cliffs, I'm planning painting expeditions in one of my favourite places first: Flamborough Head.
It's the beginning of March 2021, and I'm counting off the days until 'stay local' is removed.
The anticipation of making Plein‑air oil paintings in the headland's wild and beautiful coves is dazzling. I can almost hear the sea, see the migrating Gannets, and feel the fresh breeze as I write.
I did get out into the Yorkshire Wolds with my sketchbook for a short time in 2020. Scurrying out between lockdowns toward the end of the year resulted in numerous sketches.
I wasn't able to do any serious Plein‑air oil paintings, though. I hope to put that right this Summer with some Yorkshire Wolds Plein‑air oils.
I got to know the area well, so I understand the logistics of carrying my kit. You get more painting time when you already know where you're going!
By 'serious Plein‑air', I mean oils, pochade box, and canvas panel, rather than a sketchbook.
Torn between Roseberry and the Hole
If I manage to satisfy my yearnings at Flamborough, and in the Wolds, then two other places beckon.
I doubt I'll get to both in any meaningful way, and may not get to spend time at either. You never know though, so they're on the list.
The first is Roseberry Topping, a unique and well-liked hill. It's located at the top of the North York Moors.
This is a place I've hiked around extensively, and it's beautiful from every angle.
I already know exactly where I want to set‑up my pochade box, which is a good start. No unproductive lugging kit around searching for the view.
Hole of Horcum
The second is the opposite of a hill. It's the Hole of Horcum, an epic bowl‑shaped valley. Another scenic feature in the North York Moors, but further East.
The Hole is an intriguing, spectacular, and beautiful wild place. It's epic in all dimensions, and understandably, it's a popular hiking spot.
Always passing through on my way to Whitby, previously, I've not stopped to absorb the location.
Not long ago, I sketched there for the first time, and realised just how fantastic a subject it is. So it's now on my "Plein‑air oil paintings to make sometime" list (It's a very long list).
Painting landscape hopes
My outdoor painting boxes, called 'Pochade boxes', have lain undisturbed in a corner of the studio for nearly two years, I'm sad to say. How did that happen?
I'm hopeful it's an interval that's now at an end, thinking positively. I'm sure many others have plans and hopes for the Summer too. Fingers crossed for us all.