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Last weekend, I did a solo gouache painting trip in Vernon and Giverny. I stayed in Vernon so I painted mainly there around La Seine river. I painted the old mill twice, in the afternoon and in the morning. I painted the river in a misty morning surrounded by ducks and gooses. And finally, the view from the balcony of my apartment

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After 2 studies to be less intimidated, I did the bigger painting yesterday on a 24*30 cm Pastelmat.
It took me around 4 hours to complete the painting, with a break after the third hour.
Thanks to the small study done with oil pastels, i had my selection of colors, that made the bigger painting process less overwhelming 🙂

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Oil pastels

Yesterday, I bought new oil pastels from several brands, to test their quality. Sennelier is really creamy, soft and opaque, so it’s great for top layers. Mungyo, Talens or Sakura are harder, so good for first layers. I found also in my drawer my old little set of Neocolor 2 from Caran d’Ache. It’s always fun to discover a new medium

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Painting trip in northern Italy

You can check my gouache and watercolor sketches done on location in Northern Italy in May 2023, in the main menu of my website

They were painted in Alba, Pavia, Mantova, Lago di Garda, Cinque Terre, Genova and Torino

Some of them were painted during grey and cloudy days, others under a strong sun and some were interrupted by rain and storm. This is the joy (and difficulties) of plein air painting!

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Scotland painting trip

I will publish soon my watercolor paintings done in my sketchbooks, during my trip to Scotland this summer 2022

See below the painting I’ve done at 7 am in a lounge room in my hotel at PortPatrick, when everyone is still sleeping…

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Best Sketchbook for Watercolor

According to me, one the best sketchbook for watercolor is the Etchr cold pressed sketchbook.

Not really possible to use it for pen and ink, but for watercolor, this heavy paper is the best.

I love the look of the sketch, and the paper is very forgiving. I can go back to the clouds with no risk of dirty blooms.

You can compare it with the 3 tests I did on the other sketchbooks from my previous posts. On smooth paper, the colors are more vivid, but I find it more difficult to create soft edges and mix colors on paper.