Having had to rebook a holiday for the second time this week I thought that I would recall one from a more carefree time. This is on the Italian Lake Garda, a little hamlet near Salo. It was out of the way and frequented, it seemed, by locals. I saw quite a few small gatherings passing away the evening around the quay and a small promenade, putting the world to rights and greeting friends. Some even brought their own chair and when done would fold it up and carry it back to their house.
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I enjoyed loading up a large mop with masses of dark colour and floating the tip over the paper’s surface drawing out random patterns in this sketch. It will be worth trying again and getting the density of paint stronger. I had prepared a light underpainting first on this one, to try and get the swell and roll of water before going in with the reflections.
The second one is a half imperial sized version (52x36cm) of the sketch I put on the blog on the 12th February. I decided to go in even closer on this version. I was quite satisfied with this one, so hopefully you wont see this again.
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This is the same stream as my earlier post ‘A Cooler Place by the Stream’ but looking along it. Again I liked the reeds in the foreground and the light shining on the tree trunks. The almost total predominance of the blue/greens give it a calming effect.
I’ve had this image for a number of years but was put off by the lack of subject and the complexity of reeds. It is of a small stream by the side of the Canal Du Midi, in the south of France. The light and shade at the time was superb and I sat and did a painting looking along the stream, but in hindsight this is a far better view and captures the moment better – the warm morning about to break into a blazing day.