Back garden, overcast

Back garden, overcast

This sits so well on the page Caroline. Painting in situ makes this an honest rendition of the scene in front of you and it has that relaxed, natural feel to it. Lovely.

A beauty Caroline great piece of plein air and such lovely colour

Well done on growing in looseness, Caroline! Great exercise to see how you've progressed in the space of a year... great painting.

This is very nice Caroline and loose too. I,too, hadn't explored a limited palette until I started on portraits and I'll certainly extend that practice when I come to do landscape or Still Life. I like the colours you've achieved with your four. I want to experiment with black, white and two more. At the moment, the other two are yellow ochre and cad red, producing quite a low key result. Isn't painting marvellous!

Thank you VERY much everyone for your encouragement! Marjorie, is that the Zorn palette? I've used it for life drawing - I'm sure it was those colours, and the range of flesh tones you can get is amazing isn't it? I think I used Ivory Black, as per Zorn, as it's a bluey black.

Nice composition Caroline, lovely.

Caroline your plein air oils are terrific.....they have become paintings of confidence and skill.....lovely work.

What a great comment, Fiona! Thanks so much. I know the only way I'll get better is if I put the time in, and sometimes it feels like I've been on a plateau for ever, so it's really nice to see and feel a shift, however small!

I love these depictions of a subject on our doorstep and you have achieved a lot Caroline, it is free and expressive.

Caroline thanks very much for leaving your lovely comment on my charcoal work. Yes I'm trying alsorts of things at the moment, it makes things very

Thank you, Derek, that means a lot to me.

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Oil sketch on paper, 9" X 12", en plein air. I did this to see how I've progressed. I painted the same scene last year and I'm pleased to say it took a fraction of the time and is a lot looser. I used a limited palette which really helped - alizarin crimson, ultramarine, cad yellow light, plus white. It's a challenge to be less neat and resist the temptation to describe everything but I'm happy to discover I'm improving in that department.

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Caroline Greene

I came to art late in life after the proverbial ‘wake-up call' of serious illness. Starting with an evening class in drawing, I’ve carried on learning from DVD’s, books and weekend courses. I attend a weekly Life Drawing class, a brilliant foundation for just about everything. Plein air oil…

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