In a recent post I wrote about landscape painting in the Gers region of France. Here are the paintings from the rest of our summer trip. We bounced around quite a bit of the country as we had to be here and there for workshops and to work towards future exhibitions.
After the Gers, we traveled over to Bordeaux for a few days, then down to the coast between Sète and Agde for a week on the beach.
After the Gers, we traveled over to Bordeaux for a few days, then down to the coast between Sète and Agde for a week on the beach. Next we had to head up north for a workshop near Laon, so we stopped for a few days in the Loire Valley.
In Laon we had a workshop, so I didn’t get much of my own work done. We were on a beautiful property though, so I tried to paint as often as I could.
After Laon we had a couple of days to kill so we headed over to Normandy to paint in Honfleur. I’m always trying to find places where my favorite artists worked, and Boudin, Seago, Jongkind and Monet (among others) all painted in and around the small port there.
From Normandy we drove back down to the Dordogne, to paint local scenes for the V&A gallery in Sarlat-la-Canéda.
These are most of the paintings but the full summer’s oeuvre was posted at the time to my Instagram account.
Overall it was a great trip. The painting locations across France are varied and stunning, the food was amazing, and the people were wonderful and welcoming. We’ll be back again in the summer of 2020 as we have an exhibition and a couple of workshops.
Here are a few plein air landscape paintings from the last couple of autumns and winters. I often paint small plein air sketches that don’t end up being part of a large enough group to merit a blog post, so I figured I’d put them all in this one. Most are from around Zagreb, but a few are from recent trips to Bordeaux and London.
Mirogoj. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.
Nativity Play, Zagreb. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.
Some of these are unfinished, including the two below where I was driven away by the pouring rain in Bordeaux.
Horses on the Monument aux Girondins. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.
Porte Saint-Éloy, Bordeaux. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.
Bordeaux Sunset. 17 x 30 cm, oil on panel.
White Garden, The Rookery, Streatham. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.
Battersea Park Pagoda. 30 x 20 cm, oil on panel.
Billboard in the Rain, Zagreb. 30 x 20 cm, oil on panel.
Here are a few of my plein air paintings from last week in Bordeaux, France.
Statues and Circus Trucks. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.
Tram and Scaffold, Bordeaux. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.
It’s a very beautiful city. My paintings don’t really do the place justice (and it wasn’t the best time of year for colors). They say it’s like a little Paris and it does have that feel to it, while still seeming small and manageable. It would probably be a great place to live as the climate is mild for Europe, and the food and wine are so amazing.
Sailboat, Cap Ferret. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.
Evening Strollers, Bordeaux. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.
And below is a small sketch of Porta San Frediano in Florence from our trip back. I lived in San Frediano for ten years and always wanted to paint the neighborhood more.
Porta San Frediano. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.
Apologies for not painting out the clip holes in the skies. It’s been a busy few weeks.
Here are some of the plein air landscape sketches from Bordeaux and Chianti painted the last month. We stayed in the little village of Pujols near Saint-Émilion (Bordeaux) in France, and then in Chianti near Tavarnelle val di Pesa.
My liver will need some time to recover.
Haybales near Pujols. 30 x 20 cm, oil on panel.
The Dordogne east of Bordeaux is especially interesting for plein air landscape painting as it is unusual to have such strong tidal effects so far inland.
Boats on the Dordogne. 23 x 35 cm, oil on panel.
The Dordogne at Castilion-le-Bataille. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.
Petanque. 30 x 40 cm, oil on panel.
Branne. 30 x 25 cm, oil on panel.
Saint-Émilion is a beautiful little city for plein air painting. We took the workshop students there a couple of times with great success.
Gate at Saint-Emilion. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.
Gensac. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.
Sketches of the Church at Pujols. 20 x 15 (ish) cm each, oil on panel.
Here are a couple of plein air landscape sketches of the annual grape harvest, or Vendemmia, in the Chianti region of Tuscany. It was interesting to paint the workers en plein air as they moved quickly up the vineyard rows. I would paint the vineyard row ahead of them, then move row to row to paint the grape harvesters as they worked.
La Vendemmia. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.
La Vendemmia #2. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.
I’ll post the rest of the Chianti plein air landscape paintings later in the week.