We all know that summer in the south of France is to be envied. Long hot summer days, often with a cooling breeze that makes the searing days more bearable. But, an often forgotten season is autumn and my favourite time in the south of France. The heat mellows to a pleasant warmth, and as [...]
The Pyrenees mark the border between France and Spain about 90 minutes from here. This tutorial is based on a series of sketches I did just this side of the French border. I tried to draw the viewer into the picture with a dusty track heading down to a simple farmhouse with the Pyrenees layered [...]
Margon is a small village just 2 kilometres from Pouzolles. This tutorial is set with a view across the Autumn tinted vines and line of plane trees to the Chateau which dates back to the 12th century.?
Kefalonia – a beautiful Greek island in the Ionian Sea where Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was filmed…and where I proposed to my wife, Monica. This tutorial is worked up from sketches made in situ and a reference photo or two. You’ll enjoy using a rich palette of Prussian and Cerulean blues, ochres and deep greens.
I loved the light in this early morning scene – the misty trees in the background, those long shadows across the grass, the dark trees and the deep shadows in the foreground. It looks complicated but the tutorial will help to simplify the process. See also the Drawing tutorial on the same scene.
In this instance, I broke the drawing stage down further into the elements of the picture which may help your watercolour version too. I worked up some tonal values to help visualize the depth of the scene before adding some colour with soft crayons….