A few week’s ago I based one of my paintings on a watercolour by Ian Potts entitled The Road to Choupeau. It seemed more than a coincidence then when I recently came cross a similar view and couldn’t resist trying to ‘make it my own.’
Here’s a series of work in progress shots, followed by the finished painting:
At this point I took a bit of a break. There was a lot I liked about it, but also something that niggled me a little bit that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. After I while, I decided to glaze a cobalt blue wash over the road and over the left hand field. This made me feel a bit better about it – sufficiently so to call it a day and resist any further meddling!
I was quite pleased with how this turned out and think it has some quite nice qualities to it. I particularly like the contrast between the smooth graduated wash of the sky and the choppiness and texture of the trees that look quite graphic. There are also quite a few things about it that I would have liked to have done differently, so I haven’t ruled out another attempt at this.
For the time being, however, this painting does evoke quite vividly many a holiday spent in France, and reminds me that I really do need to get a move on with booking this summer’s camping excursion!