4 hours ago
Saturday, September 12, 2009
OK, I confess, I've become a bit obsessed with Auvers-sur-Oise this summer, and although I've never particualrly been overly pulled by his art, I seem to be having a kind of late adolescent obsession with Vincent van Gogh this summer too. I've spent most of my free weekends haunting the countryside around Auvers-sur-Oise. As I mentioned in my earlier post, it is an unusually beautiful area and was the subject matter and inspiration for Van Gogh in the last days of his life before his death in 1890.
Been driving around the back roads, exploring lots of nooks and crannies and have found this one spot that I would love to paint from, but circumstances (weather, not enough time, the crops being harvested and me in the way, etc.) have resulted in my only having been able to do a few studies there. I hope, one day, to actually paint the scene en plein air.
In the meantime I thought I'd go ahead and share my preparations with you, photos, an ink sketch, and today's little watercolour sketch. It was late in the afternoon when I got there today and the shadows were quickly creeping into the scene, but I still had a lot of fun. This rolling countryside has really gotten into my blood.
Today, the same set of adolescent boys that I have seen a couple of times there before, came up and talked to me. Trying to figure out why anybody would be wanting to paint the farm fields they are so hellbent on getting away from as soon as they are old enough.
I was really touched when one of them asked if I minded them walking on up the road I was painting - they didn't want to spoil my view.