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Monday, January 16, 2017

Plein Air Oil Painting

I drove to Flinders in Mornington Peninsula, 1.5 hours south of Melbourne in the early afternoon, and had lunch on the beach. I had planned to do some painting, but decided not to. It just didn't appeal to me. 

Then, I drove west (15 min) to Cape Schanck Lighthouse. 

I always wanted to paint it, and finally I got a chance to do so. 
I did some walk around it, and my goodness, what a fabulous place it is!

Because the sun was so intense and there wasn't any shade, I decided to set up my easel here. I'm looking at it from Museum. 

It was very difficult. The glare from the sun was horrible and hard to see anything. There's an umbrella designed for plein air painting on the Internet, that can be attached to an easel, but, I'm not sure if it actually works. Especially on a windy day. 

I spent 2.5 hours. I'm reasonably happy with the lighthouse and sky, but, everything else is a bit dodgy. 

Oil on panel. 16x20in. 

I was too tired to do another one, so I walked down to the beach one more time. 

I loved this place. The landscape is very interesting with rugged beach, wave after wave smashing into the cliff. 
I'll definitely come back and paint here. I think I need to get timing right. It'll have to be late afternoon. And I need to prepare for a gusty wind. 

The area has become one of my favourite places to paint. 




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