Dordogne à Lalinde

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The Dordogne at Lalinde

I love this river. To spend a day besides her, listening to the water & the birds, smelling the mud & the water calms my tired & overcooked mind.
I went out with a painting buddy of mine, whose company I feel good in when painting alongside each other. He listened to my theatrical conversation about my new ideas, the things I want to paint. etc. I’d had long enough to think about this during the two weeks of exhibiting & welcoming masses & masses of people . Very tiring.
I don’t think the above is a particularly good painting… nor do I think that the previous posting is a bulls-eye ‘bang on the nail’ watercolour either… but there is something humbling as well as regenerative about painting in the plein air. It kind of brings the concentration back to the world in a way that the theoretrical, the conceptual, the photographic, the verbal, the wordy just can’t. It’s good to be reminded of this if nothing else. My friend endured me & painted in silence… and did a much better painting than me.

Practice. Practice. Practice.

I teach another workshop next week. These gear-shifts keep one on one’s feet!

Wet August Downpour

38 x 28 cm. WATERCOLOUR.© The Artist. available
Watercolour in the pouring rain…. is closer to circus than painting? To have come out from underneath the umbrella with ANYTHING AT ALL would have been an achievement!

‘wet on wet’ technique

The ‘wet on wet’ technique has something of a ‘zen’ to it. Kind of not doing anything but letting the water do the work. Not to overly work it, else this might ‘worry’ the way that the water & pigment wants to go. Of course in the middle of a tormential downpour, one can either curse & panic or just get philosophical.I seem to have the urge this year to work in challenging situations like ‘sur le vif’ live in the crowds, in the public eye, with spectators , drawing people moving about… or rain storms…

hmmmm, is there any wisdom here?

‘Les Jeudis Classiques’ à Bergerac


‘Jeudi Classique’ Aquarelle. Tous droits reservés.

Lovely music on a summer’s eve…

Alison & her Cello

My Drawings & watercolours of musicians …

here this talented musician plays the cello, i draw with a brush directly in red ink & watercolour,

massenet i think it was 🙂


 

‘Alison & her Cello’
Copyright. © adam cope
Aquarelle des musicians & celloists
watercolour

Gone Rusty

 

‘Rusty Lock Gates on the Canal’ watercolour.

 

Gone Rusty with neglect? Technique gone rusty? Well, been painting outside but not necessarily achieving finished pieces. Red rust has been on my mind & on my palette. Sometimes it’s like that. Some paintings are long & slow & need a delicate approach. If they don’t get realised in the first attempt, well then, let them brood. If they must out, then they must out. “could try harder” – teach

28 x 38 cm (15″ x 11″)
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Quatorze Juilliet in Beaumont town. Tressel tables, vin, grillade & frites. Everybody in town, including all the farming families. Disco, dancing, people watching, laughter & neighbours.

Painting in monochrome, using Winsor & Newton Neutral tint on Arches quarter sheet. Night time painting. ‘Sur la vif’, very much on the hoof as people moving very quickly, milling about in visual confusion, difficult to pick out a target, but I enjoyed the fun of the fair. Something about crowds & music that appeals to my painter-self.

Then later on,when the crowd had thinned out, white plastic cups & on-loookers & a few adolescents still eager to play the flirting mating game. The white tressle tables & black sillohouttes making a good tonal subject.

28 x 38 cm (15″ x 11″)
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What I particularly like was the sweetie- candy floss stall. If I knew how, I would have painted this but then at half one in the morning, it was not long till the stall & tables would be packed away. The fifth repubique was saved & we all had a good time.

28 x 38 cm (15″ x11″)Watercolour
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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 etc (now it’s less pictoresque & far more deadly). You can occassionally see rusty iron rods sticking out of old south facing houses, where the used to be an old vine growing. Sadly, wisterias, bigornias etc. have replaced this plantation of domestic vines & the iron rods are frequently taken out. From a painter’s point of view, GREAT SHADOWS! …. and cobalt turquoise light, what a lovesong 🙂

 

Two unfinished watercolours

Up & down the canal…. two unfinished watercolours, I kind of like their incompletion.

‘Old Abandoned House’
28 x 38 cm (15 ” x 11″) Watercolour
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‘Old Abandoned House’ – detail
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‘La Moulin de Larouzique’ Couze
28 x 38 cm (15 ” x 11″) Watercolour
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La Canal de Lalinde

I’ve been working down by the canal again , so I post some images from 2001 when I painted there as well.

‘La Canal de Lalinde’ 2001
watercolour
© The Artist.
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‘La Canal de Lalinde’ 2001
Oil – large size
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28 x 38 cm. ( 15″ x 11″) . Watercolour.
© The Artist.
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amazing canal lock. 13 meters drop.
Full of muddy water
slow moving water
bridge behind the lock
a lot of construction
nice place to paint
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