Following on from A Brush with the Broads and Adebanji Alades evening demonstration where he drew his subject out with marker pen I thought I’d give it a try.
Today is the first day for a week or so I have been able to get the oils out and have a go, we are in France house hunting and have decided on the village of Caux in the Languedoc, today was my first painting in Caux.
Drawing out in ink first fits with #inktober but then I painted over it.
Drawing out in marker pen helped set the composition in my mind, I expected to feel that I was colouring in but as when teaching I tell students that your drawing if you use one is only a guide, you can choose to ignore it.
I think I worked more quickly because of the drawing, and was quite pleased with the result, a man came out of a house nearby and told me, in French, he was a cultural pig but my painting was good. Not sure if that was a complement or not????
The location is the courtyard of one of the mediaeval buildings in Caux – it was where the Barrel maker and wheelwright worked you can still see where their forge and ovens were, Caux is full of these secret corners I am going to love finding subjects here.