We only went for a few days to Dieppe, mainly to pick up some cider and salad dressing and allow for my wife to use a bit of the French she has been working on all year long. This sketch was done by a small village stream whilst we rested during a walk we did, picking up a grande randonee (long distance walking track) out of Dieppe. We didn’t have a map so it we didn’t know where it was going. I had hoped it would take us along the cliff-tops, but it veered off into the country and took us here instead.
As the wife went to the market I took a few minutes on the beach, as the mist started to come in. Just enough time to get the distant cliffs before they disappeared.
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.
I was waiting for the paint to dry on an oil I am doing at the moment so I was looking around for something to do and picked on this. I still need to practise the undergrowth. I struggled with the bracken on the painting before last and am still struggling. The temptation is to go really loose which can look dynamic with splatter and runs but lacks form and I was trying to find some middle way. I was pleased with the mossy rocks and flow of the water. I might have another try at this.