st. Remy

Pastel over watercolor

This is the first wash of watercolor. I am trying to lay down the "underneath" colors of the stone, grass, trees and path.

Here is the completed painting, with a second, more detailed layer of watercolor and some spare applications of pastel. I love this old abbey in St. Remy de Provence.  It's where Van Gogh stayed in 1889 after he was released from the hospital in Arles.  Here he painted 150 works of the gardens and grounds of the asylum.  I'm no Van Gogh, but I enjoyed the surreal experience of painting what he painted. 
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