The last of the day's light is fading as the shadows now race across the dunes in the amazing Erg Chebbi of Morocco. February is a good month to paint in the dunes, not too hot, usually not too much wind or rain.
Where does Raymond usually go to paint?
Most of the time I paint in wetter regions, the temperate rain forest being my favorite climate. I love storms and weather that creates dramatic theatrical style lighting effects. Every now and again, though, I return to the sculpted sands of the Sahara. Other favorite places are the isle of Skye in Scotland in the month of April. The color palette is full of yellows, both bright and muted, rusts, faded light reds, plums and dark, dull greens.I have also found other locations which can give me the dramatic lighting conditions I love to paint during certain times of the year, such as Dubrovnik in November.
There is a unique quality to “plein air painting”, work painted on location as opposed to pictures made in the studio. It is not better or worse, just different. One of the main challenges of painting outdoors is the constantly changing lighting conditions. This challenge forces decisions to be made quickly and executed with confidence. When a painting is successful as a result of this process, it displays a character which is almost impossible to achieve in the controlled environment of the studio. For me, this challenge is what consumes my time and energy and compels me back to the easel outdoors.
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