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Sketch of Beaulieu centre ville

I had a few things to do in Beaulieu centre ville and after walking up and down in the sun and heat, I sat down at Les Voyageurs for a coffee and cool glass of water and made a quick sketch of the center of town. I will probably sketch much better if I sketch slower and pay more attention, but I can’t sketch slow. I get bored too quick and want to move on.  So my sketches will always be quirky. But now I am off for my painting “sur le motif“, as plein air painting is called  here in France.

I used pencil, after fumbling through my whole bag for a pen and only found pencil after pencil. I prefer doing architectural sketches with pen.

…Beaulieu Centre ville…

Sketch done in pencil and wash in watercolor sketchbook, 25×15,3cm.

11 responses

  1. sue

    This is delightful, Ronell! I really like the way you left some of it fresh and unwashed.

    August 9, 2010 at 2:08 pm

  2. Joanna

    reminds me somehow of Raoul Duffy, hope you take that as a compliment, I LOVE Duffy!!

    August 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm

  3. Jo

    I like the way you draw attention to the center buildings with more detail and more color. Like you, I prefer pen and ink to draw buildings. I can feel the panic as you search and search your handbag for just one pen. How many times I’ve done that! It’s really fun to see your world through your sketches.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:49 pm

  4. You’re having a creative surge Ronell, wonderful sketches of cows, chickens, cats and now architecture – the pencil is softer and smudgier, but very nice. I also like the mixture of detail with unfinished areas – Enjoy your sur le motif!

    August 9, 2010 at 4:54 pm

  5. Great!

    August 9, 2010 at 5:58 pm

  6. Pam

    Wonderful! I do feel your pencil case panic. Have been there 🙂
    I love the French language even if I can’t speak or spell it. Now you’ve thrown me….. I thought ‘Plein’ was french? Oh to hear “sur le motif“ spoken 🙂

    August 9, 2010 at 7:01 pm

  7. Beautiful Ronell. Good to see you busy again here at AfricanTapestry. I am waiting for an update on Coin Perdu…

    August 9, 2010 at 10:53 pm

  8. So nice to see your ‘cafe’ sketch. They are the best places to do a sketch and enjoy the surroundings and the coffee. Love this one of course. XXE

    August 10, 2010 at 12:35 am

  9. Ronell, I know how frustrating it is to not be able to find the tools you want, but your pencil drawing worked out quite beautifully with the watercolor. The sketch and the scene are charming!

    August 10, 2010 at 2:57 am

  10. Wow! You have really hit a creative surge there at Coin Perdu!! Can’t wait to get an update on the progress there too.

    I love this sketch! Just the right amount of light and color.


    August 11, 2010 at 7:38 pm

  11. Thank you everyone!

    August 11, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Tthank you for your visit and comment, II appreciate it!

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