Pleinair at the Languedoc gite – May 2019 sittings

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The reflection of the neighbors house was very bright whilst looking up from the old bakery in the morning. The second piece I’ve been laboring on during my week en Languedoc. I only had two real sittings of this, where I would wake up to capture the 10am – 12pm window. In the afternoon I was perched just on that ledge above the blue door under the arches drawing down into were I’m looking here. This village has so much more to paint: I could have been there a month

Lakeside at Pont du Diable – Acrylic on paper

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Painting a much calmer scene than there actually was at the Pont du Diable in Languedoc, France. Whilst the family settled down to swim and sunbathe I used paper for this because I thought we could move at anytime and I knew it was going to be rushed. After all it turned out I was going to have more time but the sense of urgency really aided the process. I must try more rapid paintings.

Sketchbook – Impossibly bright en France – oil pastel on paper

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You’ll have to take my word for it but blimey it was bright.  Dazzled by the brightness of the light and the almost complete removal of colour here I sat to tackle it in oil pastel.  I have a problem I wish to address when it comes to bright light and colour.  Although the bushes here are clearly green too often, I find myself over using colour. In this sketch I battled through the heat and light to represent what I saw I probably went too far the other way.  It’s a useful study, despite the final piece being somewhat uninteresting in composition.

Through to the BBQ – Acrylic en pleinair

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I was blessed to have this view right outside the house I was staying in for a holiday en France in July this year. Whilst working on the en pleinair I wanted the viewer to observe some of the intensity of the sun behind me as it strikes the wall of the outside eating area. I laboured hard on that middle wall to get the subtle shadows and temperate change. I tackled a lot in this image throughout the week. Light, where nature meets human construct is a wonderful thing.

Sketchbook – Concrete tent/bbq (Oil pastel on paper)

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Settled down, post walk, to do a quick sketch of this concrete tent/bbq on Vitosha. Definitely got a study out of it  I reckon

Sketchbook – Distant dwellings, Vitosha – Oil Pastel

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Looking into the distance, at a small group of houses on Vitosha I had a small window of 19:50 and 20:20 to get some work in before the sky went orange and the trees lost colour. Will have to return to this later 😉

Sketchbook – Plovdiv (oilpastel on paper)

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Oil pastel sketch in Plovdiv whist the girlfriend gets her nails done. I was eaten alive by mosquitoes during this sitting. Worth it though.

Sketchbook – Vitosha oil pastel study

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A quick oil pastel from the balcony on a Sunday afternoon. I’m lucky to have Vitosha as a subject at anytime

Sketchbook – Atop Vitosha (oil pastel on paper)

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Atop Vitosha this one afternoon a few weeks ago. Rocks from a distance are a struggle of mine. I was burnt to a crisp during this sitting. It’s a great temp for Sennelier oil pastels though.

Sketchbook – Balcony view, Rila – Oil Pastel

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When on a weekend trip to Rila I had to squeeze in the opportunity to draw the view from the hotels terrace. Thought it might be a simple undertaking to start with but the constant shift of light and the need to convey distance was a trouble. Overall a good session. I feel like my oil pastels are less drawing or painting and more finger-painting.