We spend a year in Hermanus from March 2019 to March 2020 and while we were there I was painting abstract landscapes.
There’s no doubt about it, Hermanus has beautiful views. I was so inspired by them that I spent the entire year that we were there painting the sea and the mountains.
En plein air
Being closer to the sea, and with fewer country views from the house than I was used to, I wanted to paint outside. Being on the cliff path or on the beach was about more than just the view, and I wanted to express how a location felt and what my experience was of being there. Sometimes that experience was finding rocks to put on my sketches or holding things down with my elbows while I painted with my hands. Yes, it gets windy down there.
The solution I found was…
- Some quick and messy en plein air sketching without putting pressure on myself to create a “whole” painting while I was out there battling the elements.
- A number of messy sketches to play with back in the studio, where I could mix and match my favourite bits into a composition that I liked.
- Lots and lots of new ideas in my sketchbook to inspire larger paintings in my studio.