We went up into the mountains for the weekend. I planned to paint a lot, but the weather had different plans. After climbing high up into a pinnacle-peaked forest, lightning tore the sky open and out fell a fantastic hail storm.
Quite rare for the Canary Islands we were happily informed.
We tried to shelter under meager pines for some time but eventually admitted defeat. This happened around 11 am each day and did not relent until we backed off the mountains.
Mountain Farms at Ayacata
21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board
I painted this with one hand holding an umbrella, pulling down upon it as the wind whipped underneath to try and snatch it from me.
I did manage a couple of paintings in the early parts of the days:
Kingdom of the Bees (above Ravine of the Drowned)
21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.
Cercados de Araña
21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.
And this one after some rains:
Looking West at Roque Bentayga
29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.
On the day we arrived the wind and clouds were moving so quickly I began wondering how I could paint when the land was constantly in sunlight then shade, and I hit upon the 'brainwave' of painting two paintings at once - one when the sun was out, and one when it was behind cloud.
It became a futile confusing exercise where I simply reduced my concentration on either piece and ended up not really knowing what I was even painting.
Maybe if I'm lucky I can try again in twenty years or so, when I know what I'm doing. For now I will just stick to the one painting at a time.
This was a pretty quick one (just over an hour) as the light was fading.
This is another where I shoe-horned the composition onto the board as I could not find a suitable spot to paint from. Even though I prefer to sight-size, I don't want to be scared of doing this, so I'm glad of the practice..
A couple from yesterday wandering the old town of Las Palmas (Vegueta).
Shop in the Rain
25 X 30 cm. Oil on board.
Behind the Cathedral.
21 X 29.7cm. Oil on board. I usually work sight-size. I feel it helps speed up the process when I am out painting - something very important when trying to paint plein-air. However, this time the buildings prevented me from painting this scene from the angle I wanted, so I tried shoe-horning the view into my panel. I'm not too disappointed to tell the truth. I might try it again.
It gets windy down by the port at times, so straight lines involve holding onto the board with one hand. Boats move too. This front one was being shunted by a smaller tug to try and knock one of its buffer tyres back into position, I began to paint the smaller boat but it left fairly early on.
It started to (lightly) rain when I started this, but I still ended up a little sun-burnt. I am so fair skinned I tan best on thick cloudy days.
21 X 29.7 cm (A4). Oil on board. Below is one from a while back that I started, but we were then asked to leave as the place was closing. Since then my wife stuck some torn-up (antique) photo'sonto it that we found on the road. It's a nice scene though, I may go back to repaint it at a better time. Museo Nestor, Pueblo Canaria