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September 2015

Promenade Walk, Corralejo, Fuerteventura


Corralejo, Fuerteventura, 15" x 11".

Corralejo on the Canarian Island of Fuerteventura, where it's always windy - great if you're a yachtsman.  This is the promenade walking towards the harbour.  Lots of white-washed buildings here along the seafront.  This was the first stage of the painting - wetting the whole building area, then while still damp, drop in some yellow tints and different tones to take off the colour of the bare white paper.  After that was dry I went in with the sky (with a bit of violet) and then it was business as usual.



Market Day, Payzac, France


Payzac, France, 15" x 11".

Market day in the small town of Payzac in the Dordogne region of France.  The plan here was to have the alternating horizontal bands of light and darks down through the composition - roof tops, market parasol, car tops and road.  I could perhaps made the roof tops a shade lighter.  A little bit of neutral tint went into those darker shadows to get a bit more contrast going.  I put in a few dabs of bright red to give the impression of fruit for sale.


Fiat car in a Fabriano backstreet


Fabriano, Italy, 15" x 11"

I don't often do close-ups of cars, but this being an Italian scene I had to include a Fiat.  I must have been going through a colour mood with those bright colours of the buildings, but going quite cool into the shadows.  I resisted the temptation of slapping on white gouache for the figure highlights (just did some careful painting around head and shoulders) but it crept onto the car headlights!