Friday, December 18, 2009

Street Study, Provence

I'm planning another multi-panel (or "polyptych" in art lingo) oil painting that will explore sun and shadow patterns of the old, narrow streets in European towns. On every trip to France or Italy, I'm drawn to sketch, photograph and paint these dark and light, warm and cool designs-- now I'm looking forward to making a more developed composition from all of these studies.


laura said...

So beautiful ... this is the type f watercolor I would like to paint! I love the shapes and the wonderful glow you've achieved.

Susan Abbott said...

Thank you, Laura. This is painted with just two colors--ultramarine blue and burnt siena. I don't normally use earth pigments like burnt siena, but in a simplified sketch like this, a reddish brown can provides so much information and nuance. And 100 years of British watercolorists, who pretty much used these two colors, can't be wrong!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I agree. Less is more.
Such a beautiful abstract composition, too.