It’s been about two years since I last picked up a paint brush… Lannie started teaching a painting class at the Grapevine Unity Church, patterned after a class taught by a beloved teacher – Leslie Carter – back in Corona, CA. In fact, that’s where we met.
Leslie taught a method that used a subtractive process monochromatic underpainting. While I no longer strictly use that process, I still like to rough in my painting with the values in a mixture of burnt sienna and burnt umber. That way I can see if the composition and balance are good. It also gives me a bit of a road map!
This painting is of the canal-side quay in Frontignan, on the Canal du Rhone. (Frontignan is just about ten kilometers or so from the Mediterranean port of Sete.) These boats were probably restored just to look good tied up along the quay. I wonder how often they actually got out!