Some people have asked for photos of the art we are producing while at Atelier de la Rose. Jean and I decided to post our art shows separately. The following is a summary of my first week.
My goal on this trip is to create paintings with more planning and sketching than I have previously. Specifically I am working to better understand composition by working the sketches several times to get something I like before committing it to a final painting. I’ve always been more of a spontaneous painter. Sometimes that works, but often I find that the composition could have been tweaked a bit to improve the image. That’s educational plan for this trip.
My first sketch was of a wonderful old fashioned rose that grows on the private garden patio off the back of the studio. It soon became my first Montcabrier painting. I have always loved these simple flowers and jumped at the chance to paint them.
Next I moved to a hiking trail we hiked early in the week. In another post I will tell more about the trails here that are part of the pilgrimage route to Santiago Spain. Along one section there was a distant views of the hills. It was there that we encountered a wonderful tree. I took photos and did several sketches before completing the oil painting.
My third painting of the week was another watercolor. The only remaining part of the old city walls is an eroded north gate. It stands at the head of a trail leading down into the forest. I love the image. Again, I worked with photos and created several sketches before settling on how I wanted to interpret it. Interestingly, there is a tree stump to the left of the gate and I chose to resurrect the tree for my painting.
Finally, here are a few other sketches I’ve done while rambling around the village.
Having fun painting!