Wednesday, 3 July 2013

A trip to Provence in 2013, two years later.

I had a very quick, but wonderful trip to Provence with mon chéri a few days ago. He spoiled me with lovely dinners and a lot of patience when I did some sketches. I tried to be as quick as I can with pencil and left the ink lines until the very end so I could change to some neater linework where necessary. In some sketches I went in directly with watercolor and added the pen line work afterwards..maybe you'll be able to notice that?
all sketches done in watercolor block, HP, 18X26cm.
This sketch took me the longest. It was the first one of our trip and I was still very careful in getting it "right". And mon chéri was ever so patient. I then decided, I can't spend all of our very short trip on such long then I sped up in the sketching, trying to get down just a little ambiance of the trip.

..Provence 1 ..
..Provence 2..

I am a "corner" person. I love little corners or scenes, or little vignettes. So it is usually a little interesting corner or a large scene that attracts my eye.

..Provence 3..

The lavender fields are stunning, stunning, stunning and there is no way I can do justice to them..of course had to attempt a field against a backdrop of this lovely mas. There are so many paintings everywhere to be found in Provence, depicting the lavender fields and the olive groves..sadly, I found them all the same, interpreted in the same manner. It makes me even more reluctant to try and paint it. But of all the other painters, I will paint it!

..Provence 4..

I am also fascinated by staircases and uneven walls, foliage growing out of nowhere, of which there is an abundance in the south.

..Provence 5..

A corner of the facade of Le mas de la Mateliére where we stayed.
..Provence 6..

The rooftops, the streetlamps, the worn walls, the trees blown by the mistral...the charm of La Provence.

..Provence 7..

It seems I always nobly get to Provence on these 'quick' trips. But I have decided this is it. No more "quick" trips when it comes to Provence. My next trip will be nothing shorter than 8 days. I will also plan better in terms of subject matter so as not to be all over the place. Also do real paintings, and not only sketches, so the oils will go along. Provence is filled with huge painting opportunities and so, my goal is to spend my time making full use of the opportunities. 
I cross posted this also on my own blog, Africantapestry and photos of my trip to La Vaucluse will soon be posted on Myfrenchkitchen.
à bientôt


Making A Mark said...

Lovely to see you back painting in Provence - and seeing the lavender properly this time!

I always make sure my other half has a really good book to hand and then I just feel like my sketching gives him added value reading time. :)

Africantapestry and Myfrenchkitchen said...

Hi Katherine..the last time I was in P, was with all of you! It brought back memories and I showed H where we were 2 years ago..any chance we'll do it again..maybe next year?

Joanne Perkins said...

you certainly work well under pressure. I also like corner views there can be something mysterious about them, as i think it keeps the viewer guessing about it's surroundings

smiles, Sharon said...

I do recall, so well, your wonderful posts from your friends/painting/outing in Provence. Fun to see a reminder with updated sketches. Our kids are there now, enjoying I have been doing French sketches to transport myself to where they are....
smiles: sharon