Trottoir barré

I went down to Ste. Anne de Bellevue to paint another view of the rusty railway bridge. There’s a great big shady area under the new bicycle ramp so that kept me protected for most of the morning.

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Someone  asked recently on the blog if I could show my plein air setup. When I don’t have to travel by plane I use my French easel, a folding plastic palette and, as you can see, big flat brushes, mostly 1″ and 2″ Langnickels that I purchased years ago. I can get through a lot of the painting with these and only use smaller brushes for the details.

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The benefit of these brushes is that I can really load them up with my big first washes, as you can see below. And they really force you to work from big to small instead of getting caught up in the details too early.

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8 Comments on “Trottoir barré”

  1. Wayne says:

    Keep these progress pics coming Shari. Excellent educational tools and way cheaper than attending a workshop. (Kidding about the workshop but not the education).

  2. Sue says:

    I agree with Wayne! But would be keen for workshop if you come to New Zealand…..

  3. Jody says:

    Thank you Shari, for showing your plein air setup with progress photos of beginning big general washes and using large flats. We need to remember “general to specific” and as you say not get caught up in details too soon. This progression is very helpful, thanks again. Jody

  4. rene fijten says:

    Great painting, wonderful. And nice to see the tools of trade. I am a bit surprised about the large brush. Maybe I should try it as well, forthis type of work.


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