Painting outside

I took a canvas board into the woods with me along with some oil paints and a pallet knife. The aim of this was so to be completely immersed in the landscape and to paint while I had the feeling of being small and part of the landscape. However, painting on such as large scale outdoors and with oil paint has many disadvantages such as transporting the painting. I struggled to manoeuvre the canvas board, and consequently dropped the painting into a pile of leaves. I also struggled with the strong wind blowing the board, and people passing by, particularly with dogs (not on a leash) that would interrupt me. Although, there are a number of benefits to painting outside, I do not feel as though this was successful and I would like to look at ways that I can portray how I feel while travelling, without bringing my oil paints outside.

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Author: alannah3012l5

I am a landscape painter who enjoys spending free time exploring and wandering through natural landscapes, understanding that the space I occupy in this world is tiny and temporary. The aim of my paintings is to evoke the same sense of wonder in the viewer that I experience while on my travels and to ignite the realisation that compared to our surroundings, we are miniscule and blend in, we are not above, nor do we have any higher importance than any other being or thing on this planet. My large oil paintings are designed to be displayed outdoors after being inspired by Katherine Grosse in the Venice Biennale, making them appear small in their surroundings, much like the people in them and the people viewing them. However, my zines and watercolours require more attention, showing that even smaller details contain whole worlds and landscapes of their own. Depending on our own experiences we see the prints differently. The text along with the images encourage the viewer to see the same landscape I see.

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