Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Picnic at La Gacilly


While in France during July I went with the family to a picnic on the bank of a river, a few photos were taken, there were waterlilies, kingfishers, wine to drink with cold meat and a french loaf. All quite memorable.
I thought it may translate into a painting, and to that end I made a drawing or two, a detail of one is reproduced above.
That same day I had in my hand an old discarded painting that was predominantly Cobalt blue and bright green with a little red ochre. This I retrieved and quickly made the gouache sketch shown below that will guide me while painting.
Now the six foot wide canvas is ready and today (wed) is free of interruptions.
Can I, with swathes of colour reproduce the sensation of sunshine, white wine and kingfishers?