Sunday Sketchbook: Wall and Trees, Provence

by Susan Abbott
 

Black and sanguine pens in 9" x 12" Cachet sketchbook

 
 

"Wall and Trees, Provence", 8" x 8", oil on linen panel

 

I usually start a plein air painting with a sketchbook study that helps me figure out composition, especially the relationship of the landscape's shapes (here, the beautiful walled courtyard of the Chateau de Bourgane near St. Saturnin les Apt) to the painting's format (here, a square.)