Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sunday Sketchbook: Provence


Every summer when I teach in Provence, we return to the same hill towns to paint. Once again I look through narrow walls to a deep valley and violet mountain, and try to get down on paper how the whole thing fits together--and what it feels like to be sitting on a stone step in cool shadow, looking out to sun and another distant hill town.

8 comments:

Dana Barbieri said...

Your art is so beautiful! I am going to include this on a post on my blog, credited to you of course. If that isn't o.k. please let me know and I will remove it right away.
Warm Wishes,
Dana

Susan Abbott said...

Thanks, Dana, that's fine. What's your blog called?

Carol King said...

what a beautiful watercolor. Makes me want to visit Provence!

Susan Abbott said...

You should, Carol. It's a beautiful place, and unlike any other.

deborahspalette said...

I love the cool crisp colors they are so vibrant. Watercolor is my favorite medium. I too hope to travel one day and paint. Once all 4 kids take flight out of the nest. Stop by my blog sometime, I share my art, inspiration and scripture. Many Blessing Deborah

A Brush with Color said...

This is beautiful--love your color palette here. You've taken me vicariously to Provence here!

teresa stieben said...

so very fresh, the colors sparkle.

Susan Abbott said...

Thanks, Deborah, Teresa, and "brush". Starting with a pen drawing, as I did in this painting, is a very different process for me than drawing with a brush. More relaxed, for one thing, starting with drawn lines. Lots of "blind contour" here, which is the best way I know to calm down.