The day spent in Corte. The train journey is spectacular.Taking the tourist train up to Corte. The first image above shows arrival at the station which is in the valley.
Gina proves to be the star pupil of the day.
Scroll down the blog to find the results of the group’s efforts!
Images hopefully to come but the group is wondering how it has got to only two days left already! The day saw the group going up and up until they were looking down on red kites now flying below them. San Antonino is an amazing hill top town, without cars. Once a fortress, it has been extensively restored but retains a complex series of alleys with copious nooks and crannies. Around every corner awaits a new discovery and it is just an artist’s dream.
The day began with everyone getting their hands dirty, doing a tonal sketch using charcoal. It allows one to become more aware of shapes, light and dark and also avoids getting bogged down on detail. The group found it liberating to draw in charcoal.
Using the tonal sketches the task was to paint watercolour paintings. This was started after the trip moved away from the subjects and with no access to photos. The group members were thus totally reliant on the sketches they had made earlier in the day.
Sticks were a warm up exercise. The group members were asked to collect them, we painted them to clean our palette. Mostly a getting into the mood exercise. They were arranged in a pattern and we left them in situ for others to wonder about.
The Corsica trip is a tutorial but there is time for holidaying too. Tourist train to the lighthouse from Ille Rousse.
Aim of the day was to practice skills learnt during the week. So palettes and brushes out in the sun and by the sea.
Sadly the day comes to an end and we take the transport back to base. With some many images and works being created a Gallery for the Corsica Trip will be set up.
Day spent at Parc de Saleccia. In 7 hectares all the region’s of Cosica are represented. For the gardeners amongst us it was wonderful. We didn’t get a lot of painting done but there was a lot of reference material collected.
One of the challenges at the Parc was to find interesting leaves. The group assessed a number of possibilities including the mint on the dessert served at our evening meal!
We painted 3 different leaves using negative painting and a glazing technique.
Had a go at painting flowers from the Mediterranean section. These are “Everlastings” which are flowers found in arid areas.
Not enough work done during the day so we had a session on the terrace.
Ring a ring a tree trunk, a pocket full of posies (and of course other reference material!) , Atishoo, Atishoo…….
All back and working after the visit to the Parc and time to go through the notes and review the reference material. Two teapots and only one cup so we need Mouseangelo to make himself useful and find some more! The aim of today was to take a step back and simplify. 80% of the group are into plants so enjoyed the gardens. The afternoon’s exercises were to use watercolour paints and techniques.
Mouseangelo hasn’t quite grasped the task correctly! When Sue said it is time to paint the flowers that isn’t exactly what she meant!
The way Sue meant rather than Mouseangelo’s method! Off to San Antonino tomorrow to do charcoal drawings and to turn them watercolour paintings. Better get the BBQ going for some charcoal to take with us!
A selection of photos from this morning when we were in Calvi. We caught the boneshaker train in from Algajola. Waiting for the train was an opportunity for a group photo shoot! The first task of the day was a tonal drawing of the citadel. Having had a talk on format and how to choose a format for your drawing or painting, we all joined in including Mouseangelo! We used 3 pencils to do the drawing concentrating on 3 weights, light, medium and dark. 2b, 4b and 8b pencils used to acheive the desired effect.
We look a lot happier before the ride on the boneshaker!
Mouseangelo here seen waiting for the flight. He wasn’t detained at security and was checking for the nearest cheese bar before boarding!
Beginning to get frustrated with the journey as Mouseangelo hasn’t had his paints out yet. Looking around at all the grey in the cockpit it could perhaps do with a splash of colour from the palette?!
Welcome to my introduction for the forthcoming event in Corsica.
Based in Algajola on the north west coast of Corsica for 6 days. We start and end the day painting/drawing. A mixture of painting sessions and free time to sightsee or relax is the plan. Mountains, sea, buildings, people, the list of possible subjects is endless. Lots of painting en plein air. It will be something of an interesting experience as I hope to operate a blog to update progress as the week goes by. A case of watch this space which hopefully will fill as we go along!