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What I did during the great internet withdrawal, part II : sketching - la brise
nassima
nassima
Nassima
Thu, Apr. 10th, 2008 11:10 pm
What I did during the great internet withdrawal, part II : sketching

So between the olive trees and the horses, I did sketch a bit nonetheless.

This is the one I did today.



There are a lot of those little cabins in the countryside around here. They're called cabanons or maisons de vigne and were used to store agricultural tools or to sleep closer to the fields/vineyards during the harvest. Now, most of those are ruined or kept up because of their owner's nostalgia - or because they're big enough to be turned into regular houses. Actually, our own house was a larger maison de vigne before we bought it and restored it!

The one I painted is much smaller, maybe 15-20 ft large. It used to be covered in a whitewash + red earth coating but lost it on one side so that you can see the stonework. The owner is careful to keep the roof up, though.


I painted it between 6 and 7:30 pm, and while the sky looks close enough to the real thing at the beginning of the painting session, clouds crept back rapidly afterwards and I was absolutely frozen! Four hours later I'm still cold.



Here's what the cabin looked like another, equally cold, day, from another angle. To paint, I settled on the bottom left of the photo, so that I could have a nice contrast between sun and shadows, and also some sort of foreground. And the pretty stone wall!





I painted the second sketch a few days ago : another cabin, but this one wasn't painted on location. I passed it while I was running, found it pretty and decided to try to sketch it from memory. The next day, I went back and took a photo, and well, there are discrepancies!





What caught my eye were those two trees, with their contrasted foliage. The one on the left is a kind of Mediterranean oak that keeps its leaves all year long, and the one on the right an almond trees that has just begun to regrow its leaves. Also, such ruined cabanons with trees growing in are very frequent and rather nice to look at, I think!


Here's what it looked like the day after, with darker clouds than when I first noticed it.



Erm. Doesn't really looks similar, does it? I knew while I was painting that my perspective was impossible, as the viewer is positioned above which is impossible in real life. But I hadn't realised how ruined this cabin was, with the roof completely missing on the far away side. And I got somewhat lyric with the colours of the grass - I knew that it was greyer in real life, but heh, that's what fun with recreating a scene!



And lastly, a pencil sketch I did when I paid a visit to the nearby town. I was supposed to buy medicines and bread - I got the medicines, but when I finished sketching, the bakery was closed and I was overdue for cooking the supper.





This street penetrates into the oldest (medieval, mostly) part of the town, and as it's a small town, nearly a village, the houses look like country houses, high and narrow, without much architectural complications. Some of these houses were restored, such as the first one on the right, others are still decaying. A lot of doors look very low, I think because the level of the street rose with each new asphalt layer!



Hope you liked :)

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magicalobizuth
magicalobizuth
Mag
Thu, Apr. 10th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)

These are so lovely, thank you for sharing them and for putting them in context too. :)


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)

Thanks a lot! I'm glad you liked.

I love writing the context too (hey, I'm a geographer!) so it's great to know you enjoyed. I'm always afraid I'm rambling :)


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

There's an area not so far from here where they also have those round stony cabins. You're right, northern Mediterranean (and even southern, in some areas of Maghreb) are so similar. I feel more at home when I'm looking at photos of Macedonia or Moroccan Rif than when I'm looking at Parisian landscapes.


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22by7
22by7
girl talk
Thu, Apr. 10th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)

the light and space of the first piece - so so lovely to look at.


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)

Thank you! I'm really glad you liked :)

Also, {{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}

Won't you come and sketch with us at sketching_daily? All kind of sketches accepted and I'm sure you'd enjoy being there.


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much!

It's an interesting experience to draw from memory and then go back to the real thing. You should try it! It's strange to see how the mind transforms shapes and remembers selective things. Also, when you first look at something knowing that you're going to draw it later it makes you look especially hard and it's a nice feeling.

I think that some of these houses are lower inside! But it might also depend on how people transformed the floors too, such as adding insulation.


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libby_drew
libby_drew
Libby
Thu, Apr. 10th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)

These are gorgeous! You're very talented. :)) Thanks for sharing.


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)

Thanks for looking! I'm really glad you enjoyed :)


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valis2
valis2
elaborate blue tentacles of hilarity
Thu, Apr. 10th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)

Beautiful as always! What fantastic sketches. *hugs*


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed :)


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)

Thanks a lot! I'm glad you liked.

I'm thinking that serious painters that work on location have a different metabolism than common mortals :)


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aome
aome
A clean house is the sign of a broken computer.
Thu, Apr. 10th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)

Again, I'm struck by the utter beauty of your region, and the gorgeous way you bring it to life with your art. Your talent + lovely terrain = a real treat for us, every time.


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much! It's a real pleasure to share these views :)


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)

Aw, thank you so much! I'm really glad you enjoyed them :)


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venturous1
venturous1
Venturous1
Fri, Apr. 11th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)

oh, my heart aches for sud de france! this looks so much like my favorite places in Languedoc, those gorgeous lonely stony vineyards. When will I get back there, to the rocks, vines and wind?


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)

I hope you'll come back there soon!

And when you do, you're welcome to cross the Rhone and pay us a visit :)


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spacedye_vest
spacedye_vest
O_o
Fri, Apr. 11th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)

what a delightful post! With gorgeous art, lovely photos and words



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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)



Thank you! I'm really glad you enjoyed :)


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ejab62
ejab62
ejab62
Fri, Apr. 11th, 2008 09:56 am (UTC)

Beautiful! And such eye for detail!


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)

Thank you! I'm glad you liked :)


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jedibix783
jedibix783
Bix
Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)

Those sketches are really gorgeous, I love the top one.


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sun, Apr. 13th, 2008 11:20 am (UTC)

Thanks a lot! I'm glad you liked.


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parlophone
parlophone
dita p
Fri, Jun. 13th, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)

These are amazing!

I love the way you suffuse your watercolours with a sense of light, and the wind/breeze.

I'm stuck in the middle of a v busy city (London) and I wish I could escape into your landscape :)


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