plein air

Watermill in Posara - Tuscany Painting #1

Watermill posara tuscany 2019 1

I was the painting Tutor recently at the Watermill in Posara, Tuscany, Italy.  I did a couple of demos each day, so here's the first one, painted right outside the mill and looking up towards the hills to the North of Posara, the small hamlet where we were based for the week.  Unusually on this one, I painted the sky and background hills last!  Normally they're the first to go in, but this one I started painting the tops of the roofs first, down to the foreground.  I think it worked.  I wanted the soft edge of the sky against the hills and a hard edge of hills against rooftops.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

 


France Painting Holiday 2019 - Plein air #14 - Bergerac sketch while waiting for the bus

France painting holiday plein air #14

Bergerac, France, 15" x 11"

The last plein air of my French trip and a real quickie while waiting for the bus.  Maybe I could have gone a bit darker with the background buildings or a bigger range of values?  I don't know.  Anyway I was happy with the result and a little reminder of the visit.

Painted on Saunders. Cold Press, 300 gms

 

 


France Painting Holiday 2019 - Plein air #13 - Bergerac

France painting holiday plein air #13

Bergerac, France, Watercolour, 15" x 11"

Place Pelissière, in Bergerac France.  A quick plein air while my painting friends were lunching, and I almost wet abstract on this one.  A symmetrical view, against the light and some chance to play with shadows and shapes with the cafes and parasols.  Sword brush helped define the foliage on the tree.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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France Painting Holiday 2019 - Plein air #11 - Bergerac

France painting holiday plein air #11

Bergerac, France, Watercolour, 15" x 11"

Day 5 and a day trip to Bergerac, the largest town on our itinerary.  Lovely old timber clad buildings here with crooked edges and narrow street.  Here a scene I have done a few times before.  This demo I decided to do landscape orientation.  

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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France Painting Holiday 2019 - Plein air #10 - Main square in village of Villefranche

France painting holiday plein air #10

Villefranche de Lonchat, France, Watercolour, 15" x 11"

A quickie while waiting for the bus to take us home.  This the lovely main square in the village of Villefranche de Lonchat. Maybe complete in 25 minutes or so.  You get to paint really loose when you have a time limit or deadline.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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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

 


France Painting Holiday 2019 - Plein air #8 Villefranche de Lonchat

France painting holiday plein air #8

Villefranche, France, 15" x 11"

Day 4 (Wednesday) and first plein air demo of the day looking up a street towards the centre of the village of Villefranche de Lonchat.  A very pretty village in the southern area of the Dordogne region.  All I can remember about this one was the bright sun behind me - so had to wear sunglasses when looking at the ultra-bright paper.  Wearing sunglasses when painting takes a bit of getting used to and must alter your perception of tonal values and colours.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

 


France Painting Holiday 2019 - Plein air #7 St Emilion, from the Lavoir

France painting holiday plein air #7

St Emilion, France, 11" x 15"

The same spot as last plein air, I just turned 180 degrees and painted the view up the street.  I think I must have discovered a bit of thick lavender on this one for the shutters.  This painting was a bit rushed - I think I could have included some more people for example.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms

 


France Painting Holiday 2019 - Plein air #6 St Emilion, from the Lavoir

France painting holiday plein air #6

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

A walk down to the lower part of town, carefully avoiding wine-tasting opportunities, and a nice shady/cool spot by the lavoir (French for wash house).  It was quite hot and the paint was drying quicker than anything.  A little view down the street.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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France Painting Holiday 2019 - Plein air #5 St Emilion - Place du Marche

France painting holiday plein air #5

St Emilion, France, 15" x 11"

Day 3 (Tuesday) and my painting friends and I visit St Emilion, the most famous wine-growing area in the world.  Fortunately, the wine is too expensive to drink, so we had to paint!  This is my demo painting of the Place du Marche.

See the view we had on Google Street View

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.