Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Review and Catch Up

Ok, so the internet system I am using was not to be transmitted from France.  Naturally I didn't bring along pass words etc to send from the server.  Oh well, it was a fantastic trip.  Hot and sunny every day but one.  Cool nights - a must for me.

We visited Paris, then Giverny, then Normandie, and then a few more days in Paris.

For what it is, the little box worked well.  However, a return to a supported easel where arms length brushing can be used, was a welcome home.

After a nap, I got down to the Seine for a short sketch.  The idea was to spend an hour a sketch.  Keep the peace.  Get something that can be finished later.

Pont des Invalides

Here I have the box set up on a wall.  Not too bad.  The round surface gives a bit of instability, so I used one hand to secure both the box and the painting.  Usually that other hand hold brushes and a paper towel used to wipe the brush.  This keeps me in close to the painting.  Something I try to avoid.  You can't see it here but I carried 3 brushes (4, 6 and 10 flats) and 7 tubes of paint (White, Ultramarine Blue, Lemon Yellow, Alizarin, Viridian, Yellow Ochre, Red Oxide).  Most of the time I did not squeeze all of them out.  Helps with the time constraint.  Sold this painting wet on the spot.  A lot of people traffic.  How did they manage a wet one?  This painting was an 8x10 on linen on board.  I did others on loose oil primed lined in 11x14 format.  These worked well.  The boards are too heavy if you are travelling light.

We stayed in a French area on the Left Bank.  So we made a picnic and walked in the city of light.

Glitter and Glow