Picture Revisted for Christmas

Looking down on Sancerre

Looking down on Sancerre

Grace one of the lovely people I met on my trip to France earlier in the year asked me to paint a picture from my journal for her Mum (who I also met) for Christmas.  What an honour and what a lovely gift idea.

I wanted to do Looking down on Sancerre, as it was taken from a photo that Grace took after I had left.  I have never re-painted a picture before and I was nervous about it.  But I finally took the plunge and thought this would be a good occasion to use some of the paper I found in my oh so favourite French Art Shop Sennelier.  (Yes it has been sitting in the paper portfolio, waiting for a special occasion to be used, mostly it just get taken out, admired, petted and put back as being too special to use).

After much nervous waiting, thinking the picture had been lost in the post somewhere between Australia and Florida, when I got a lovely email from Tomi with a photo of my picture framed and hanging on her wall.  I can’t tell you how happy that made me, to see one of my paintings hanging on a friends wall so far away.  That bit of paper had travelled so far from its origins in Thailand, to France then to Australia and finally to America, it should get frequent flyer points.

Here is the original painting, I think I have captured its freshness, while giving it a little bit of polish.







4 responses to “Picture Revisted for Christmas

  1. Very nice! Beautiful colors. Nice composition.

  2. This is wonderful, Karen. The original picture is a charming scene, and I know from trying to do it how difficult it is to capture the feeling of a village and its surroundings. There is just too much information coming at me at once! Your second rendition retains the charm of the village, but with cleaner colors and a brightness, like the sun came out! I enjoy the whites that you left in the sky and on the rooftops.

    • Thanks Ruth, you advice on white areas was valuable and I have taken it on board. it certainly makes a watercolour sparkle. When we discussed it I went back and looked at your paintings to get an idea on how you went about it and it has helped me Karen

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