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.
I spent a sunny afternoon hour with this oil pastel sketch of a rural backyard in our neighbour village. I used almost all the greens that come with the Neopastell 48 color set by Caran d’Ache to find out how they look on paper. There are nice cool and warm greens in different shades. Next time I want to apply what I learned on a landscape sketch with spring greens. In the second image large areas of the sketchbook pages are not covered yet.
This massive three floor framework building is the town hall at the village of Illingen. After long last I completed the set of four drawings. The framework is quite helpful in drawing architecture as one can use it as a grid for measuring proportions. From now on there will be more tree and forest drawings again, I promise.
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For those who are interested in some sort of Sebaldian nostalgia, romantic loaded reading about the sad truth of landscape reality I want to point out that amazon has started to deliver “Edgelands, journey into England’s true wilderness”