Thursday, June 19, 2014

Old building in Mont-Saint-Jean, France

I saw this old building during our visit to a beautiful village Mont-Saint-Jean in France last year - 2 June 2013. We were on our visit to a family member's family who lives in Morvan region when we visited the place. The building caught my attention because it is old and I was curious how it is being used. I assumed the building belongs to a farmer and that it serves as his farm storehouse. I really enjoyed walking around the center of the village and I wanted to remember the place by painting this building.
This is painted in watercolors and the size is approximately 30x40 cm.

12 comments:

  1. Nice memory of your visit, Cora! I love the dog painting too!

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  2. Thank you Judy for dropping by. Thanks also for your nice comments.

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  3. Hi Cora. Great picture of this old French building. I think you've conveyed the feeling of age and weathering and I love the subtle hues in the stonework.
    Thanks for your question concerning the board I use. We're on a tight budjet here so I don't often buy ready-made boards.... Here is what I do....
    I buy thin MDF board or hardboard off cuts from a DIY store,and some material called "butter muslin" from our local market. (Any woven, non-fluffy material will do). I lightly sand the board and spread PVA craft glue over it, then spread the muslin over it evenly and get rid of any bubbles. When this is dry, I prime with ordinary water-based white wood primer as it's half the price of gesso. The more coats you apply, the more smooth the surface will become, I find 2 coats is fine for impasto style painting. 3 or more coats will enable you to you paint in a finer, "glazing" style and more detailed work. Then just trim the edges or fold over and glue down. It is a bit of work but I do them in batches of 6 or 8, so it's not so bad. The advantage of course, is that you can cut the board to any size or format you want and....... it's CHEAP!!!!!!!!
    Hope this helps.
    Happy painting!!!!

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  4. Thank you Kev for your prompt reply. The whole process is a bit of work as you said. I think for the time being, I will use either acrylic paper or stretched canvas when I paint in acrylic again.

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  5. What a beautiful, old building Cora! Nicely done!

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    1. Thank you for your nice comments and your visit here.

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  6. Hi Cora. I like the way you really captured the feeling of the weathered look to the building. I enlarged it and your use of "shading with tones" is beautiful.
    Good answer from Kev. As you said - a lot of work...but worth it.
    I buy the pads of canvases and if I get a good one then I glue it down on a support. The sheets are so easy to store (or throw away if not a good one!)
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    1. Hi Julie, thank you for sharing your time and for giving your nice views here. I really appreciate them.

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  7. Well done Cora, you can tell this is old and weather beaten , and it has just the right color . Have a great weekend.

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  8. Een mooi stukje geschiedenis.
    groetejs,
    Simonne

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  9. Dear Cora - this is a beautiful old barn. I have never seen one like this. Love all the mixes of grays and browns that you used too with the lovely magenta roof, doors and windows...looks like a great place to visit. Hope you are having a great day.

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  10. Hi Jane, Simonne and Debbie,
    Thank you all for always visiting here. Love you all.

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