As a challenge to myself this year, I’d like to complete more quick, rough digital painting studies. I’m just working from photographs and trying to see what limits I could push myself to further into the year. The following paintings have took between 15-45 mins each (minus the last one, which I lost track of time). Original image links at the bottom.
We took off from Newcastle airport at 9am to Heathrow, then from Heathrow to Miami at 12. We eventually landed in Miami at 5pm EST.
After renting our car and driving through crazy traffic we drove to our first stop in Boca Raton. The last time I visited the US was in 2009 (and it was also the last time I traveled by plane) so I was pretty excited to see what it was like in 2016. Coming off the plane and feeling the heat for the first time in so long was so shocking and exciting. When we arrived in Boca Raton, I tried Panera for the first time, I chose mac and cheese with a half sandwich and loved it. The hotel was alright despite being kept up most of the night by a screaming baby. It felt so surreal being somewhere different and watching a crazy thunderstorm outside of my hotel window at 3am while my body wanted to be up and about. We stayed the night in Boca Raton before driving to Orlando to stay in Universal’s Cabana Bay hotel the next day.
We’ve been lucky enough to have some clear nights lately which make for perfect golden hours. When living somewhere suburban, the light can often be shrouded by houses and trees. Climbing this hill meant we had the perfect vantage point for catching the light.
We ran out to this field to catch the remaining good light outside. The sky was soft and the night was surprisingly mild. We brought Elspeth’s dog Gracie along with us who is also wiling to pose for photos.
Living far north means that daylight times in summer and winter are sometimes a bit extreme, especially in the middle of the seasons. Amy and I rushed to the beach at 10pm to catch the last remaining light available.
We tried to light a couple sparklers but with no prevail, maybe next time.
This was so much fun to shoot, blowing bubbles seems like it’s more fun now than it was when we were little. Me and Elspeth walked to a field just before golden hour. We were lucky enough for the overcast sky to part for a while and get some good light.