Final day of sketching workshop in Provence

On the sixth and last day of Shari Blaukopf’s sketching workshop, we worked in the center of the village of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. Shari did another inspiring demo sketch of the village and we students spent the morning doing our own compositions of the complex subject. There is a gigantic plane tree in the center of the village that shades the buildings that surround it. I used that as the central part of my drawing. At Shari’s suggestion to challenge ourselves and do something that we didn’t normally do, I included several people in the composition. As we worked, we could hear the river as it flowed through the village. It is an amazingly picturesque spot and all of us kept remarking that it seemed too perfect to be real. Here are the preliminary pencil drawing and the finished pen and ink drawing with watercolor.

In the afternoon, back at the hotel, Shari and a few others including myself did drawings of  a decorative arrangement of water cans that were gathered at the base of another monumental plane tree. It was fun to do a quick and loosely handled sketch after the complexity of the morning drawing.

Before dinner, we had a little exhibition of the week’s drawings for all of us to enjoy. In the evening the workshop participants shared a final dinner together at the wonderful Restaurant Philip located right on the edge of the river. The meal was amazing and the emotions of the group added to the memorable experience as we shared thoughts about the past week’s events.

The workshop was ended but not our stay in Provence. Stay tuned for more from Le Mas D’Hermès in the village of Plan D’Orgon…

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.

2 thoughts on “Final day of sketching workshop in Provence”

  1. Those are great! I’ve been following Shari for several years and I love her work. I was scrolling through wordpress, looking through new watercolor artists, and I saw yours and thought, “Hey, that looks like Shari’s work!” Anyway, the world is small, even online. Thanks for posting and keep up the good work. It looks great!


  2. Thank you for your very generous comments. To say that my work looks like Shari’s is the greatest compliment I can imagine! Perhaps a bit overstated but very much appreciated. Delighted that you like the drawings. And thanks for following. Stay tuned, more to come…


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