Sketching in Provence

On the second day of Shari Blaukopf’s weeklong sketching workshop we had two main subjects. Since the lavender was in bloom, the morning was spent in a beautiful field filled with rows of the fragrant flowers. This provided a study in color and perspective. In the afternoon we headed for the famous source of ochre pigments, Roussillon where we chose our own subjects to paint or just to sightsee.

On the way to the lavender field we stopped briefly to view the beautiful perched village of Gordes.

Gordes, the village on the hill

When we arrived at the lavender field, Shari did a demonstration painting and we followed with our own interpretations.

Workshop Lavender field 01

I did two drawings from different angles. The first was a longer, more detailed and finished effort. The second was done very quickly, in about 20 minutes.

Here are some of the wonderful drawings done by the group.

After a wonderful picnic lunch under the oak trees, we headed for Roussillon. While walking around the village, we came across a quaint shop selling shoes, hats, baskets and all kinds of items colorfully displayed and open to the street. I had to do a drawing of it.


Author: Jeff Gold

I'm a retired musician (oboist) now living in Vermont and exploring various avenues of art, urban sketching, life drawing, block printing and digital abstractions.

10 thoughts on “Sketching in Provence”

    1. Yes! They were in full bloom and the light was perfect. I also loved the tall vertical trees in the landscape that help to break up the horizontal lines of the view. I had caught Ellen’s cold by that point and couldn’t fully appreciate the wonderful smell…just the edge of it. It was wonderful, though.


    1. They sure do. We loved walking through the narrow passageways of Roussillon and enjoyed discovering all the various colors and jumble of the buildings and the colorful shutters. All the buildings are made of material that contains the ochre colors from the locale. In the bright light it was really stunning against the blue sky.


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