More from Provence – Day 4

On our fourth day of the sketching workshop, we rose early to get to the famous market at the town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. It has been referred to as the Venice of Provence because of all the branches of the river running through the town. Here’s a montage of colorful local market products.

Though the market was a fascinating and bustling event, Shari decided on the more placid view along the river as the subject for her demo painting and for the students’ efforts to follow. I did two drawings, the first, a small one, 5″ x 8″ in a Pentalic Watercolor Journal. I enjoyed trying to get the reflections of the colorful buildings on the water’s surface. Later, I started a larger composition over two pages in an 8″ x 8″ Handbook Watercolor Journal. As is often the case, I bit off more than I could chew, trying to capture the whole view in accurate perspective and detail but not in time to complete the drawing. Having started a detailed pencil rendering of some of the buildings and being frustrated with the way they looked, I took Shari’s wise advice to start over, loosening up my approach to the subject (I had been meticulously using a straight edge to be sure of each line). I did start over and took several photos of the subject but had to finish it on my return home. I’m grateful to Shari for her suggestion to start over and her encouragement to try to finish the drawing. Here are both the small and larger drawings along with some reference photos of the scene.

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.

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