Sunday, April 21, 2013

VIDEO - plein air landscape in oils

With scattered cloud hanging around on Friday, I headed back out to Barrow Road, where I completed a grey-day plein air landscape last week. I was planning to paint the view from the opposite side of the road and hoped for some sunlight and shadows this time. I got both.

Here's this week's painting.

plein air landscape in oils by Andy Dolphin
 (Barrow Road. Plein air sketch. 30x25cm oil on board. © Andy Dolphin)

I decided to try something different this time, and set up a camera on a tripod to capture video of my progress.

As a result, I've spent the weekend getting a crash course in Adobe Premiere Pro from my son. I think I've spent around 20 times longer editing the video as I spent doing the painting. But I'm super-pleased with the result.

So here you go. It's nine minutes long so make sure you've got a cup of tea handy. Sit back and relax.

NOTE: You can watch it here on the blog but I'd recommend going to Youtube and viewing it at full size.

I didn't take a final location photo of the painting, but I think the video gives a reasonable idea that it probably was painted on site :)

I have to give thanks to Kevin MacLeod, who offers hundreds of royalty-free music tracks on his Incompotech website.

Let me know what you think.


  1. what do i think?
    i think i dozed off around where you said "to keep things interesting"

    a quick question, when it faded from one scene to the next, is that where you cheated ?


  2. For anyone else reading the comments, John is my *older* brother. He's an idiot.

    Oh, and John - don't read the bit above). And yes - that's where I used the old "here's one I prepared earlier" trick. But it was tough making sure all the brushstrokes matched up on every piece.

  3. oh i forgot to add that if you watch the video from your site, at the bottom right of the video is an icon to make it full screen, like the corners of a square

    its ok i didnt read your comment, although i am curious what *older* is supposed to mean?

  4. I know it can be full screen, but that's much more than full resolution. Plus if you visit my Youtube page, you get to see Bernie again.

    And *older* is because I couldn't be bothered doing the silly html doohickies for older.

  5. ahhh its to big
    i went back and checked and i can see why you dont want it watched that big
    you can see the numbers

  6. I like the movie, I hope you make more.

    Say, do you recognize these chairs?

  7. @Barb,

    "Noice", as our esteemed Prime Minister would say.

  8. You can 'esteem' her, I will give that a miss. :)

  9. Your video is a great success. I'm thrilled to have discovered your blog, via Gurney Journey. I'll be back often. Love your work.

    1. Thanks Tom, good to have you along.

      I hope I can post some new and interesting stuff soon.