Saturday, September 12, 2009

Auvers Encore


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.

14 comments:

Last Cup Of Coffee said...

Beautiful! So happy when you post.

rahina q.h. said...

Beautiful work and wonderful that you are following in the steps of Van Gogh. I admire your courage to paint outdoors... i just get so distracted and overwhelmed with the detail:)R.

magicmyst said...

Beautiful. I really enjoy reading your comentary and watching your work devlop. The sketch, phot and water color are all very inspiring. Can't wait to see a finished product. Kay

Last Cup Of Coffee said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. I love your artwork and I think your sculptures are absolutely exquisite! You actually inspired me to try it! I can't do what you do but I enjoyed my little clay creation. As a matter of fact I tried several suggestions on your blog! Your blog and artwork are inspiring and exciting. I feel a 'movie' coming on!!! Luv ya Myra

Sharon Wright said...

Hey, I missed a post, how did that happen? But now I am transfixed! Such wonderful movement in both the sketch and the watercolour. You are inspirational. And superb!

Steph said...

What a lovely painting! I love seeing the photo too. Great post!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Aliaena,

I find everything about your interest in van Gogh lovely. And the painting is so great. Plus you write in such a warm, and engaging way. Thanks for that. A treat at the end of a long day.

Take care,

Barbara

Aliaena said...

HI Myra!
I already left a message on your blog, but just wanted to thank you once again for all your encouragement! Your blog and energy are so fun, orginal, and well, creative! (Great thing in an artist, n'est pas?) Plus, it feels like being invited to a fabulous party! So much fun! Wishing you all the best and thanking you for taking a look at my art. Aliaena

Aliaena said...

Hi Rahina, Thanks for your comment and encouragment. I have just visited your blog and have really enjoyed seeing your work. Have left a comment there too... which you'll see. I've always loved working outside although I really understand your comment about getting distracted. I read recently a description of an artist who had done many years study in China (Fabienne Verdier - an amazing artist) who described her teachers having her go and sit for hours in nature just sitting an perceiving, without trying to paint, and then going back to the workshop later and putting down the essence of what her being had perceived. After reading that I always try now to take a good chunk of time at the beginning of a plein air painting and just sit looking... and resting with the scene, not analysing it. At some point my sensations seem to shift over into a different place, and I'm calm and ready to go with the part of the image that seems to have been defining itself for me. Sounds kind of medatative but I hesitate to use those terms, it's more a feeling for me, not an intellectual exercise. Anyway, that's a long answer to your comment, but it's a lovely experience that you might want to give a try some time if you feel so inclined. Wishing you all the best, Aliaena

Aliaena said...

Hi Kay, Thanks so much for your comment, I'll be sure to post the painting, although it's one of those that's feeling rather elusive at this point. More later... and many thanks. Aliaena PS I've left a comment on your blog. Love those recent posts - beautiful work!

Aliaena said...

Hey there Sharon my old friend! No, you didn't miss anything. It's just me trying to figure out how to manage this blogging stuff. I didn't realise that as soon as I "publish" something that it sends a notice to those lovely souls who have signed up as 'followers'. When I'm getting ready to post things I've been putting them up on-line for a few brief minutes while I'm working on the formatting of the blog - wanting to see how it looks visually. But I'll have to alter my methods so it's not confusing. The good news is that there are some other posts (other work) that I'm getting ready to post - that's what you saw - the stuff in the pipeline. So you'll see more soon...Always love your work Sharon - I find you have a special touch with portraits of men - which is wonderful! So much art uses women as models, it's lovely to represent the range of men's emotions as well. Talk to you soon, Aliaena

Aliaena said...

Hey there Steph!
Thanks so much for your support and comments. And when are we going to see your art on line.........????
So happy we'll be in the same office in a few months! Talk to you soon, Aliaena

Aliaena said...

Hi Barbara!
Thank you so much for your comments and encouragement. I really appreciate it and I so enjoy your writing as well! I've enjoyed following your blog for a while now. You are my blogging hero actually! Wishing you all the best and much happiness. Aliaena

Liza Hirst said...

Seems like I also missed a post and such a great one, too!
I wholeheartedly agree to what has been said above - your work here is fantastic! Love both, the sketch and the watercolour painting ( and the writing!) - I envy your loose style - it looks so easy and light but of course I know it isn't nescessarily so.
Looking forward to see more, thank you!