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 :)