The Utopiales festival here in Nantes is wonderful--more details soon on the amazing people and artwork we have seen, but first a few little side excursions.
We arrived before the event began, so had time to do a little sketching. I've been intrigued with this idea of doing fantasy sketches on location, with the subject in front of you for inspiration.
What struck me about the exterior of the Jules Verne Museum, right, was the way it the historic building sits on the brow of a steep cliff, with a statue of St. Anne atop a long flight of stairs.
So I painted this 7 x 9-inch sketch on location, trying to imagine it separated from gravity on its own journey to another world.
I'm working on a separate piece of hot press watercolor paper, using fairly traditional watercolor. After laying in th broad masses of the sky, rock, and architecture, I further defined the details and textures using water-soluble colored pencils. This is a fairly fast way of working; the whole painting was finished on location in two and a half hours, but it would have taken me far longer to do the same thing in the studio.
Article on Presse Océan, link.