It has been a month since I posted any paintings or drawings. We have been very busy with drawing and painting, but I haven’t kept up with taking photos of pieces and editing them for posting. JP arrived by train on Friday and we have included him in our painting sessions. Yesterday afternoon he and I went to Lac de Pieroou for some sketching. Today there is an outdoor art show in the town.
I am continuing to work on landscapes. They are a challenge. I’m trying many techniques to see what I like. In the process I’m learning a good deal about how to control different media, what to choose to omit in what I see, and how to enhance what I see with my imagination.
Of course our day at the Camargue resulted in many images. The flamingos are captivating and I completed several sketches while there and an oil painting back at our house. Here are some samples.
Here are some of my recent landscape experiments. I’m using watercolor wet on wet to loosen up the image, pencil and ink to understand the lines and test shading, and different papers to understand how they work. When I have some idea what I like I do an oil painting.
Finally, here are some random paintings from my past month. Our house is surrounded by small snails. They cover the grass, the fences, the shrubs, and I even found one on the roof of our car! The other image is a fun still life.
In four days our art bags will be picked up for shipment back home. We will keep some sketching materials for our final week at Collioure.