La Gravette, Dordogne

La Gravette, Dordogne This is an old stone house built into a cliff face, ‘une maison souterraine’ (literally a subterrian house), which I guess is a better real estate address than ‘une maison troglodyte’ (a troglodyte’s house).It’s the next cliff face on from that of La Gravette in the Couze valley. Périgord (which is more…

Pechiers des Vignes

‘Pechiers des Vignes’Oil on panel.30 x 40 cm© The Artist. ‘Pechiers des Vignes’ – peach trees planted amongst the vines, except here there are three beautiful specimens planted near the church. Surprising combination against the blue shutters.

Journées Européennes du Patrimoine 2007

Last weekend was the ‘European Days of Heritage’. It’s a wonderful chance to see some of the sites that aren’t always open to public or just not very well known. Visiting out-of-the-way ‘manoirs’ & ‘chartreuses’ always surprises me. Not just the amount of restoration & rebuilding that has gone on in the Dordogne these last…

‘Le Pigeonnier’

28 x 38 cm. Watercolour – arches rough 300GMS © The Artist. available Lovely sun drenched high pressure these last two weeks. Clear as a bell. The invisibility, for want of a better word, of the high scintillating light inspires a palette of transparent pigments – cobalt, helio turquoise, winsor lemon, raw sienna – then…

Pierre Lescot – Architect du Louvre, Architect of Chateau de Lanquais?

‘Lucarne, Facade de Nord, Palais Renaissance XVI éme, Chateau de Lanquais’ Pencil, ink & felt tips. approx 30 x 40 cm Tous Droits Reserves. © The Artist.  Here’s another drawing of Lanquais. From a few years ago but still with the felt tips. Maybe more of feel of a technical drawing than my current craze…

‘The Railings’ – Donjon Sarlardais, Lanquais.

28 x 38cm. Watercolour. Arches Rough 300gms © The Artist. A Painting Demonstration This was a demonstration painting from last week’s painting course in the Chateau de Lanquais. I’ve frequently commented on the importance of demonstrations. If you want to learn to paint, go see a demo from someone who knows how to paint. Worth…

La Maison de L’Écluse, Canale de Lalinde

28 x 38 cm (15″ x11″)Watercolour Tous Droits Reservés© The Artist. sold. Click on image to enlarge (& see without the blur). The lock keeper’s house. The turquoise splashed on the house are the traces of ‘bouillion bordelaise’ (bordeaux soup) or copper sulphate that used to be the cure-all pesticide splashed on vines & roses…