Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Plein air en France

My first delve into sketching the great outdoors, the french variety bien sur.  The first four are done during a painting workshop my France based amie Sue booked us on last week during my stay with her.  Sadly the weather was iffy on the day but the setting was fabulous and we did our best between showers and the wind.  The day was at Le Moulin d'Annepont http://www.moulinannepont.com/ which is in southwest France not too far from La Rochelle.  Our hosts Nigel and Sue are a delightful couple who run various art days and workshops and they made us most welcome.   Certainly there was plenty of inspiration and subject matter at the Mill both inside and out and I wish I was closer and could go back again this summer.

The last two were done in the grounds of Sue and Nicks place which is further south although none of these are supposed to be a realistic interpretation of the view, just quick sketches playing with colour and having a bit of fun. Having said that now I have taken this first step I am tempted to lug my stuff outdoors in this country and have a bit more serious an attempt - if it ever stops raining!!!

A side affect of the trip was the affirmation that what bit of French I ever knew is rapidly disappearing. I bought some french art magazines at the airport and have now put some batteries in my electronique larousse and must try and practice regularly as it would be a shame to lose it all.

All pastel on various coloured papers 12 x 12" to 12 x 16"

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