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St Emilion Yellow Parasols

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St Emilion, France, Watercolour, 15" x 11"

This is the bottom of the town as I call it.  On the right is a pizza restaurant bedecked in yellow and yellow parasols.  A contra jour shot looking down to the end of the town.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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This painting is for sale. Please contact Tim Wilmot for details.


Corner Cafes, Vilamoura Marina

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Vilamoura, Portugal, Watercolour, 15" x 11"

A sharp right-angle corner in the marina and a few canopies over cafes and restaurants along the waters edge.   I thought it made an interesting pattern looking across the tops of the parasols.  Palm trees simply painted with a small round brush and some dry brush marks, flicked to emulate palm fronds.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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This painting is for sale. Please contact Tim Wilmot for details.


Corner Cafe Corralejo Fuerteventura Spain

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Correlajo, Fuerteventura, Watercolour, 15" x 11"

A corner cafe scene dominated by a large date palm tree above.  I suggested the spreading fronds with a bit of liberal splattering in a radial pattern.  Quite a simple background with the kiosk and car painted around by a fairly light value.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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This painting is for sale. Please contact Tim Wilmot for details.


Fivizzano Shadows, #2

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Fivizzano, Italy, Watercolour, 15" x 11"

Another painting of Fivizzano.  It's after midday, the weekly market has ended, and the streets are a little quieter.  Great location for loads of plein air painting and fabulous views down every street.  I went quite loose with this one and made a play of the warm tones of the buildings on the other side of the street.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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This painting is for sale. Please contact Tim Wilmot for details.


Yellow Parasols, Vernazza

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Vernazza, Italy, Watercolour, 15" x 11"

For me, it's important to get that first wash down with important base colours.  So in this scene of Vernazza on the Cinque Terre, I laid down a blue sky wash, down over the hills with the main colour of the buildings, then to the foreground with the yellow, allowing it to flow into the street.  Then with the darks I paint around shapes to define them, like the top border of the village.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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This painting is for sale. Please contact Tim Wilmot for details.


Fuengirola Kiosk - Experimentation in Colour

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Fuengirola, Spain, Watercolour, 15" x 11"

Now and again I do like experimenting with colour.  Maybe I can get away with it on a sunny day scene such as this in Fuengirola Spain and a summer day.  No, the colours weren't like that on the day, but it was a fun painting and I think I managed to get the values in there.  Perhaps too many hard edges?

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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This painting is for sale. Please contact Tim Wilmot for details.


A couple of Plein Air paintings from trip to village of Steeple Ashton

Steeple ashton plein air 1

The Long Arms, Steeple Ashton.

The main pub in the village (nice menu!) and some convenient shade on the opposite side of the street to paint from.  Lovely imposing building and some benches outside with the pub sign

Steeple ashton plein air 2

So second plein air done just before lunch in the pub, was a real quickie looking up the village and a contra jour shot.

Both painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms

 


Shady Tree Albufeira old town

Shady tree albufeira old town

Albufeira, Portugal, painting, 15" x 11"

Probably keeping to my formula of bands of light and dark down a painting made fairly easy here in this scene from Albufeira, a tourist resort in Southern Portugal.  Then I use objects to join up the bands - for example the figure under the shade of the tree and some posts on the left to connect with the middle ground and so on.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms


France Painting Holiday 2019 - Plein air #9 - Cafe Courtyard Villefranche de Lonchat

France painting holiday plein air #9

Villefranche de Lonchat, France, 15" x 11"

A shady courtyard at the back of a cafe in the French village of Villefranche de Lonchat.  I liked the shape of the shadows on the walls, like a 'V' shape and a brightly lit area in the middle.  Had some fun painting the stone work of the building - not to much detail.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms

 


Bristol Savages Sketch Night - This Happy Breed of Men

Bristol savages this happy breed of men

Weekly sketch night at my art society, the 'Bristol Savages', and the topic for the night was "This Happy Breed of Men".   It was English Night (we also have themed Irish, Scottish and Welsh nights too during our season).  So we have 2 hours to produce a painting based on that topic without the use of any reference material (so no cheating looking up on the web).

"This happy breed of men", is a line spoken by John of Gaunt in Shakespeare's Richard II.  Well quite an easy option I chose was to have a village scene, two pubs, one of course called John of Gaunt (maybe the other Richard II), and some happy people between the two!

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.