The paintings of George Yeeles Loades RBSA BWS

 


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I sketch to gather information that could later be used for a painting. I am not concerned about producing pristine work, it doesn’t matter what it looks like. If it is roughly done no one needs to know, it is not going on show, the only person to use it is me.
Most of my sketching is done outdoors in graphite pencil or ink in an A4 sketchbook.  Sometimes I use watercolour, but this entails supplies of water, brushes, tissues, etc, all of which, need to be carried.  As an alternative, using coloured pencils is convenient as they can be mixed like paint and usually just add colour to the main focal point, not the complete sketch.  Once drawn I record descriptive information.  This starts with the name of the location, the date, time of day, direction of the sun or light source and the weather conditions.  Added notes try to convey colour and character of the scene not just basic red, yellow, blue, etc.  I next add tonal information.  This is determined by weather conditions, the direction of light and is easily done using numbers.  Gwen John used a scale of ten.  I find this too much, so I use a scale of 4 where 1 represents the lightest tone (other than the sky), and 4 the darkest. This range is a bit restricting so for intermediate tones I use 1˝, 2˝, 3˝, giving a scale of 7.
This method of sketching provides a convenient way to quickly record a lot of information using minimal lightweight equipment, particularly if on holiday with others who do not paint.

Dartmouth ferry landing

Looking up river above Dartmouth.
   
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