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Street View – Chinon

November 27, 2007

The houses are tall and the streets narrow in Chinon, so it’s hard to frame a good view. Here’s an attempt from a photo I took the other day (most of the others were disappointing). I used my new sketchbook, handmade by Marta, and some Schminke paints that Laura kindly left me to try.

I like the Schminke paints, but it always takes some time to get used to new art supplies – at least for me! The prussian blue isn’t quite as green as the one I’d been using, and they go on with such intensity that I held back – and they dried much lighter of course. Now I really need to do something with a bit more colors in it to try out the reds, greens and earth tones. And I’m glad to have finally done something in Marta’s sketchbook – it’s so pretty that I was terrified to use it!

For anyone wanting an update on the figure study video (see post below), after all the terrifyingly complicated calculations and measurements you have to commit to memory in the early lessons, it seems to be getting simpler around lesson 20. Or maybe I just finally understand what we’re doing! For now I’d say it’s worth it to soldier on, if you’ve started and are wondering if you should stop!

13 Comments leave one →
  1. November 27, 2007 2:46 pm

    Beautiful sketch – I love the limited palate.

  2. November 27, 2007 3:01 pm

    Absolutely incredible!! The colors are dazzling!

  3. November 27, 2007 3:20 pm

    Gorgeous, I love the warm highlights – I wish I could see colours like this!

  4. November 27, 2007 5:12 pm

    Lovely work casey…I love the tower

  5. November 27, 2007 6:07 pm

    Wonderful… as all your watercolor paintings. Welcome to the 100 ideas, from Mim too! 🙂

  6. November 27, 2007 10:20 pm

    oh my goodness casey – this is so beautiful!!!!!

  7. November 27, 2007 11:52 pm

    Beautiful view!

    There’s an excitement with new paints to try. Have fun!

  8. November 28, 2007 2:56 am

    Wonderfully done, Casey!! I love the colors!! How extra special to have new tools and supplies from a couple of USA friends!

  9. November 28, 2007 8:54 am

    Lovely – and thanks for the figure-drawing reference. I’m looking at the free videos, and wondering whether to take the plunge – since I’m drowning in supplies and books that I don’t use. More updates would be welcome.

  10. November 28, 2007 2:13 pm

    Nice sketch. Thanks for sharing.

  11. November 28, 2007 6:35 pm

    Oh, goody, you’re trying your Schminckes. It IS hard to use such a limited palette, isn’t it? Regardless of color choice limitations, do you find them more fluid in texture, easier to apply than other paints? I really do.
    You’re so good at architectural vignettes!

  12. Paris Parfait permalink
    November 28, 2007 8:04 pm

    This is lovely! I took some photos in Chinon, although it was late in the day and raining. Will post them soon.

  13. December 16, 2007 4:05 am

    More beautiful colours.

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