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Mt. Ventoux - viewed from Roussillon

Provence – Roussillon

We continued our day with Marlene from Experience Provence in Roussillon. It’s listed as one of the most beautiful villages of France, and is located in a large ochre deposit.  This palette of rich earthy colors make for gorgeous street and cliff scenes, which contrast the deep green pines and the blue skies.

My first sketch attempted to capture the view of the village rooflines. It was done quickly, omitting most of the details.

View of Roussillon

View of Roussillon

Another view of the landscape includes Mt. Ventoux, over 40 miles away.  You can get a little idea of the rich ochre earth between the deep green pines.

Mt. Ventoux - viewed from Roussillon

Mt. Ventoux – viewed from Roussillon

A house in Roussillon

A house in Roussillon

I wasn’t about to leave without a souvenir of these wonderful earth colors, so I bought some pigments, and will play with them later!

Pigments from Roussillon

Pigments from Roussillon

 

View of Les Baux 1

Provence – Les Baux and the site of Glanum

Had a wonderful sunny day in October exploring Provence with Marlene from ExperienceProvence.  My top choices to visit, which I had visited years ago were the ancient village of Les Baux, and Saint Rémy de Provence.  Marlene was very accommodating, stopping often for us to take photos or sit and sketch.

Views of Les Baux, sketched on site.

View of Les Baux 1

View of Les Baux 1

View of Les Baux 2

View of Les Baux 2

The ancient site of Glanum, these were also sketched on site, with color added at home.

Glanum 1

Glanum 1

Glanum 2

Glanum 2

At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

Catching up!

First, a quick reminder – if you’re looking for gift ideas, please consider a calendar or children’s book – details here.  You can also shop on my Etsy page here.

I had a marvelous trip to the south of France! It was basically two parts – first, a stay in Avignon, with a few side trips, then on to Sisteron, where I stayed at Mas du Figuier with 7 other artist hikers.

The second week I took part in a Trek & Sketch, where we were tutored in sketching by Vincent Desplanche and led on our hikes by François Levrault.

So first, I will share my progression of quick people sketches, Vincent is very good at capturing people, even as they run by in the rain!  I’m not sure there was any improvement in my work over the two weeks, but it sure was fun trying!

At Newark airport, waiting for dinner

Oct 22 – At Newark airport, waiting for dinner

Waiting at Newark airport

Waiting at Newark airport

Croissant and coffee

Oct 23 – My first sketch in France, at CDG station, waiting for my train.

At CDG station, waiting for the train

At CDG station, waiting for the train

At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

Oct 29 – At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

Oct 31 - At a café in Sisteron, after a wet hike

Oct 31 – At a café in Sisteron, after a wet hike

Oct 31 - At a café in Sisteron, after a wet hike

Oct 31 – At a café in Sisteron, after a wet hike.

Nov 1 - practicing people at Aix-en-Provence train station

Nov 1 – practicing people at Aix-en-Provence train station

Nov 1 - practicing people at Aix-en-Provence train station

Nov 1 – practicing people at Aix-en-Provence train station

Positano mountain top view

A work in progress in my new concertina sketchbook, a gift from a visiting friend. (I tried to post on instagram, but it seems iMovie music is not copyright free, which is weird.)

Anyway, here is a short video with my inklines. This is the view from my terrace.  It starts north of Positano. Then Montepertuso, Nocelle and the city of Praiano is at the very end.

Note that the elevation difference required me to start at the top again towards the end!