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Plein Air session at Oaklands Wetlands

It was a mild weather day, overcast early then clearing by mid-morning. A few regulars couldn’t make it this time, but we still had a small band of enthusiastic painters, including Helen attending her first paint out -welcome!

The venue had plenty to offer, but the light wasn’t always distinct with the cloud cover. Several artists declared they had a ‘shocker’ but hopefully gathered some new insights from their experience. Plein air can be such a fickle master.

Thank you to Elizabeth for sending in her effort that she describes as ‘a bit rough and ready’. I think it has a real feel about it, capturing the sense of time and place.

Elizabeth’s contribution from Plein Air at Oaklands Wetlands

Maureen declared it ‘a great spot to sit and scribble’. She had an interesting view of these saplings and is inspired to do more from her photos at home.

Maureen’s contribution from Plein Air at Oaklands Wetlands

Greg managed to whip up another beauty, despite not being able to get there until mid-morning. It’s so interesting to watch him paint in oils. Now that’s how to manage greens! He called his painting “Doreen Paints Oaklands”

Dorren Paints Oaklands, by Greg from Plein Air at Oaklands Wetlands

Marg managed to catch Doreen painting away too. Her ‘Artist in the Red Top’ captures those muted greens and reflections perfectly.

Marg’s contribution from Plein Air at Oaklands Wetlands

I tried out a panoramic format just for fun. It was a new challenge compositionally.

Doreen became the star of the show in her red top – the perfect foil for all that green! Well done, everyone!