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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Plein Air Oil Painting

I went to Emelald Lake Park, one hour drive south-east of Melbourne, this morning. 

It's been 15 years since I came  here, I guess. I remember the Puffing Billy ride very well. I was fantastically excited, sitting on a window, with my legs dangling in the air. That will never be allowed in Japan. 

I saw an artist near the station, painting watercolour. Kevin Boucher is a well known painter. I had a great chat with him. 
I asked him if there's any spot he recommends, and here it is, I took his suggestion and set up my easel here. 


Again, water is always a challenge. I concentrated on the effect of light on trees, bridge and water. I spent 3 hours. 

Oil on panel. 16x20 in. 

After lunch I took a walk. It was very busy here with lots of families with little kids. It's just a perfect weather. Very warm but not too hot. There's no cloud in the sky. 

I was wondering where I should paint the second one. This spot is where Kevin was painting in the morning. Obviously he knows what he was doing. It's really beautiful, and the effect of the light on water tanks, trees and station was irresistible. 


I spent 2 hours. I'm pretty happy with this one. 
Towards late afternoon, it got very quiet. Puffing Billy is such a lovely thing. It gives everyone a big smile. Next time, I'd like to take a ride. 

Oil on panel. 12x16 in. 

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