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Yorkshire, Leeds has nourished me in all the dimensions that I am interested in. Science, art, music creativity and life in general. Marie, my good friend with a child like heart came up with this super exciting idea that we “go to the river, we swim, you can paint, we can do a little picnic and all” in her typical French accent! I had returned back from Manchester the previous night and I was tired but the urge to paint and unwind was very compelling. I did not look up and I did not have a sense of the scenery that we might paint. Also, my best painting pal Nike who always helps me with paint was still waking up.
I will write about the colour issues elsewhere sometime but the bottom line is i am protanope. I need help with colours – close shades of green and red. I had to find ways to beat this in me and to get into the habit of painting more efficiently.
So, Marie was the trigger and then I was aware of Yi-Min, Bernda and Harald being part of the gang of five. I wasn’t sure how I would feel to paint with an absolutely new group. I did take a bold leap and trusted myself. Rather forced myself!
We setoff at around noon. Yi-Min, a man with a town in his rucksack passed the Enchroma colour blind test and was kind enough to come with me to Dinsdales shop to pick up an additional canvas and a couple of liner brushes. He is a very silent and patient person. Poor fellow was tortured all through while I explained him the ideas I have about values, colours, compositions. He seem to enjoy but I know I can get a bit too talkative! I am just watching myself.
The River side
The river seemed quite beautiful but it offered little in terms of perspective / elevation. The area was quite flat with blue mountains towards the west, the River flowing towards the East and then we found a spot that was convenient for painting and to sit around, swim and all.
After a quick snack, I let Marie, Brenda and others on their own and started doing the value study on canvas. Yi-Min sat through from the very beginning. From burnt sienna to the background blue mountains that I initially messed up – mostly because of my hesitations to trust the bold colours Yi-Min was confidently choosing. I am used to subtle colours and I am very conservative given my limitation of colour perception. But I knew I had to trust him in this. We then, slowly moved towards