…and then to France

A second batch of sketches from a recent trip South.

First some gouache and pencil sketches on the road over the border, snow-capped Canigou dominating the landscape.arnos vale (76)Then a quiet weekday corner in Villelongue-dels-Monts, sketched in bamboo dip-pen as a gift for our hosts. Spot a prowling rooftop cat, a loud peacock perched on a house, and the bike I used to get there. I had to sit in a doorway to get the view I wanted with the wires and windows, then got chatting to the owner in Franglais about art, visits to UK etc; sketching’s a great way to dissolve barriers! IMG_E0436

The foothills of the Eastern Pyrenees seen from the house we stayed in…arnos vale_0004

…with clouds curling over the peaks.arnos vale_0005

We decided to walk up the nearest peak; here’s the view from the top…arnos vale_0003…and the view as we walked back down.arnos vale_0001 (46)

A finally a day trip to nearby Collioure, historic haunt of artists. Time for a quick coffee and sketch in a cafe wall-papered in paintings…P1290341

…before drawing the harbour front. When I started this one I thought it would be a curved panoramic fish-eye sketch, but then changed my mind, hence the leaning tower and curious sinking sea on the right!P1290342 (2)

Here are some past sketches from the same area…

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About Ed Mostly

Enthusiastic daily sketcher based in Bath Uk
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4 Responses to …and then to France

  1. Graham Morris says:

    Absolutely love the grey scale house on the corner and the quayside. Always an inspiration.
    I am off on a short Croatian cruise in June together with sketch book …… roll on.
    Keep up the blog, thank you. Graham, Freshwater East, Pembrokeshire

    • Ed Mostly says:

      Thanks Graham, dilute waterproof ink in the water brush for the grayscale, great for gradually building tone and pushing contrast! The sketch cruise sounds lovely, beautiful landscapes scrolling past and hundreds of trapped subjects to sketch!

  2. Anna says:

    Hi! I just wanted to say that i love your sketches! I usually take photos from my travels instead of sketching, but maybe I will try your way 🙂

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