I painted this larger format (50X70 cm) landscape oil pastel from a photograph taken in Provence. I liked the blue sky and the strong contrast between light and shadow that is so typical for the South of France. Meantime I had the opportunity to take a better photograph that shows the full painting.
On a mostly grey November day small pieces of blue sky and a few sun rays can make a big difference. The owners of small vineyards and fruit tree meadows convert their small huts step by step into weekend houses. The two in this oil pastel study look still the same since about the 1930′s. Usually there is not much inside, dusty old furniture and some rusty garden tools at best.
I started this study with an ink brush drawing on a drawing paper I had prepared with dark brown oil colour. The size of the paper is 35×50 cm and it fits exactly to the plywood piece that I use as support. I do not use and easel at all.
Image credit: Double page from the new book “Zeichnen in der Natur”, with friendly allowance by Albrecht Rissler, copyright Albrecht Rissler
Today I want to commend the new book by Albrecht Rissler. It is available on Amazon. When you click on the link in the image credits above you can see a number of images as preview. I know that this blog post is mainly of interest for the German readers as the book is printed in German language. That is a handicap of course. The handy book in square format is a veritable compendium for landscape drawing. The texts are short but full packed with great and inspiring tips and tricks. The drawings and sketches are the main actors. I would estimate 2/3 of the pages are reserved for images and only 1/3 for text explanations. I hope that one day there will be an English spoken edition.
Albrecht Rissler is a capacity in teaching drawing and illustration. As in his drawings he is not the man to settle with the second best in terms of content and presentation when publishing a book.
This book stands out in the market of books on drawing. It is placed on my shelf together with the bestsellers by Bert Dodson and Betty Edwards.