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