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Painting in the wind! Have you ever done it? Lots have, I know. One of the outdoor painters I most admire is Roos Schuring of the Netherlands. She is known as the “all weather painter” and has been seen in the background of TV weather segments, doing just what her tag-line suggests.
I have painted on the beach with sand-bag ballasts attached to the easel. All seemed to go well (in my memory). Today I was truly tested.
At Port Adelaide for the third Friday morning I was desperately hoping to finish my painting of the Falie. Here is a peep at my painting after the first week.
Sorry to say that Week 2’s record has disappeared.
Painting in the wind or dealing with a gale? (almost)
As I set up today there was a strong northerly breeze which was quick to blow my paintbox lid shut. As this holds the painting I couldn’t ignore it. Water bottles to the rescue – as ballast hanging from the latches on the lid. Nope, no success. I had set up directly into the northerly so it was destined to fail. A little sideways slide towards the west and at last I was set up.
Did I mention that it was 30-odd degrees when I arrived? Painting in the wind AND the heat.
I enjoy being at Port Adelaide. Although the wharf we visit is not an actual working wharf, there is lots of action not too far away. I love hearing the clanking and thumps as things happen. Unfortunately at one stage the result was a massive cloud of dust (coming my way). More than dust, it was grit, such was the wind!
After managing the first 20 minutes in a strong breeze, the wind rose in chaotic gusts.
I needed to hold the palette constantly and occasionally to nudge the lid and the canvas. To wash my brush I had to actually store the palette away to liberate one hand. Another 20 minutes passed until I realised that my decision-making brain had gone home. There was too much support work to do! It was time to pack up.
All I could do was take a few photographs – guesswork in the glaring sunlight.
A parting shot
It was still an hour before our group lunch time, so I ventured into the nearby Country Arts SA, just in time to hear the bugle for Remembrance Day and spend a silent minute surrounded by indigenous artworks.
Next stop the local art shop. It had been a few years, but they still stocked my favourite Grey Matters palette pads!
A bit of work to do on the “Falie”. There is an unresolved area beneath the flag. And then of course, the linework on the ropes. It is an old sailing vessel after all.