Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Couple More Sketches

I had fun with this sketch book!  As you can see from the photo below, I did a sketch of the grounds at Haut Baran. I intend to fill it up with small scenes in and around the country estate.  I was so impressed with it all, that I would like to devote this book just for that.  They are light, and decorative motifs with a little french flair.  It felt good to loosen up a bit from my usually tight, finished watercolors.  It is summer after all!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Watercolor Workshop at Haut Baran

I know it has been awhile since I posted something of significance on my blog!  You probably wondered what happened to me.  Well a lot happened.  I was out of the country and traveled to France.  There for 10 days, I signed up for a watercolor workshop with fellow watercolor artist, Judy Morris.  As you can see, we were at a beautiful location in the southwest region of France.

All I can say is that it was a wonderful, inspiring experience with the company of one of the most  accomplished contemporary watercolor artist of our era.  We gathered ideas, reference photos, and shared techniques.  I observed Judy teaching her workshops and it was marvelous. 

We traveled to local villages and saw much history in the region.  We saw outdoor markets and went to a brocante, (french flea market). Here is a sample of some of my sketches and watercolor studies from the trip.

The following are photos of our studio.

Hope you can enjoy these shots as much as I loved taking them and being there.  This was an experience of a lifetime.  Now on to doing some serious artwork.