When one thinks about France, one of the first things to come to mind is the food. Cute little corner cafés, freshly baked French breads, the array of French cheeses; the fresh seasonal delights of a French market and the pastries… oh…the pastries. And so it goes on and on. On our holidays you will [...]
Autumn in the air and what I love about this area is that the sun keeps shining – most of the time. Last week, I was out painting en plein air and making our first video tutorial with a good friend of ours who happens to be a drone pilot. Exciting stuff. We storyboarded our [...]
This tutorial is based on a scene at the village of Ventenac-en-Minervois on the Canal du Midi which was constructed between 1666 to 1681. Click through to find the full step by step tutorial showing the reference photograph and all the stages from an initial pencil sketch through to final watercolour painting.
The road between Roujan and Neffies, two nearby villages, is typical of many in this region – lined with plane trees. Planted in the early 19th century on the orders of Napoleon to provide shade for troops and travelers moving through this sun scorched area. They’re also convenient for watercolour artists. This tutorial shows you [...]
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 [...]
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.
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.?
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….
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 the [...]