This is an output of a Sunday morning Plein Air session. However, the painting (verb) behind this painting wasn’t as tranquil as this painting looks here on this post! I ventured out with some regular plein air water colourists this morning. As oils could be cumbersome for plein air if you didn’t have the right equipment, I decided to carry my acrylics with my palette knives. I had carried two brushes for priming the canvas before starting the painting.
The staggering beauty of the lake hit us when we reached the spot from the back end of the lake from near Renaissance Hotel ( from Ambedkar garden). The lake always holds me in awe and I had been wanting to paint these boats with reflection for over a year and was over-excited that I was finally going to do it.
I was mentally brandishing my knives and feeling them sliding over the canvas. But, as I was to discover, the palette knives did not agree with acrylic paints at all. The paints wouldn’t get mixed properly, the colours were different and they dried into lumps the minute I put them out on my palette. For the first half an hour, I struggled to find a hold over the paints and then finally decided to resort to the only two brushes I carried, of which I could use only one, as the other was too big for any kind of detailing. So I actually worked out this whole painting with a single brush and finally have this!
I cheated a bit on the colours of the hanging curtains on the sides , as well as the stuff on the boat and the wheels, to bring in colour harmony. This was also to bring in a painterly touch.
Well, I really missed my oils today and my knives of course. “Well”, said I to my oils,.”Oils, oils! Acrylic was just a practice session, just a short fling, which I used only to understand painting better, so that I can love you more!” I have only come back to my oils with more love, more longing and more gusto! It takes a bit of what is not regular, to understand what is regular!
Oil painters should stick to oil paints.
Acrylics do not have the versatility for plein air. If you want to work with palette knives, it is better to work on flowers or still life if using acrylics.
Always carry substitute media ( pencils/sketchbooks) when you go on a paint- out.
Powai lake is beautiful, with the back-drop of the Gorgeous Hiranandani skyline!