Spending Time In The Forest

Plein-Air Painting, watercolour painting

This week I wanted to share with you some of my recent paintings and sketches from the forests here on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. I find that I paint in different styles depending on the subject matter and where I am.

If I am on the road and sketching in a city with lots of people around my working style will be more about line work and simple watercolor washes. The private side of my self is saying “This is great!, I love this, but lets get this done quickly and get out of here”. When I am out in a forest or any place in nature where there are less people I tend to work in a slower more methodical way.

Producing art by its very nature is a solitary process and for me I can settle down into a longer working session with less distractions and delve deeper into the subject matter when I am out in nature.

The picture of Salal bushes in the forest at the top of this post I spent all afternoon painting. It is very easy to get lost in the moment and do this.


5 thoughts on “Spending Time In The Forest

  1. Don
    Lovely to meet you in Karen Camp yesterday – I am sure you will have a fabulous time in Africa – I look forward to seeing some works from you from the time you spend there. I am in Dubai and will be back in Perth on Tuesday – missing Africa already.
    Steve O’Brien


    1. Steve
      It was great to meet you as well. We enjoyed your tales of Africa and will make sure that we are prepared for the mountain gorilla trek whether it be long or short! I am excited to paint and sketch in Africa and hopefully I will get some good material to work up back in my studio in Canada.
      Don Barnes


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