Landscape in watercolour, Sketchbook, Sketching outside

Recent plein air sketching

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Rosedale Head, North York Moors
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Castleton Rigg from Westerdale Moor, North York Moors
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Murk Mire Moor, North York Moors
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Sandsend, Whitby
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North Bay, Scarborough
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Sandsend, Whitby

I have been clinging on to winter recently. I relish being out in and sketching in cold conditions. I enjoy all the seasons, but I always look forward to the return of winter. Cold weather sketching  produces unpredictable results. The watercolours on the moors were made despite the paint freezing on the metal tin! Sea spray can also produce some interesting results. But the experience of painting en plein air far outweighs any disadvantages. Wildlife just appears around you, the sensation of cold wind and the sound of birds or waves combine to make it an experience far removed and much more rewarding than painting in a studio.