Painting outdoors is the romantic image of the watercolourist that we all have…, Constable on the Suffolk Broads, Turner on Margate seafront…,
Painting outdoors in Thailand’s 38C, 80% humidity bright sunshine may be a slightly different matter, particularly when it comes to watercolour.
I was in Kanchanaburi, in N.Western Thailand earlier this week. This is a rolling green field, pan-versal blue sky, part of Thailand, with ‘hills’ which nearly count as mountains in these parts, they give great backdrops to a quasi bucolic romanticism. Suffice to say, it’s a very picturesque region of this most picturesque country.
So, it’s very hot. Water & paint dry very quickly – washes have to be put down and blended quickly, this is not Stockton-on-Tees, Daniel.
I painted with watercolour, and experimented with soft pastels. I’m in a very early phase of learning how to use pastels. I’ve made 2 images with them so far, neither particularly pleasing to me, but this is a learning process.