Despite the amount of dessert photos I've posted on Instagram, I want you to know we are doing some painting. We've been out touring some of the "most beautiful villages of France" and doing some painting.
Here is a study in my watercolor journal that I did as a demo today in the village of Loubressac. Here is what I am telling my students to keep in mind:
When you look at the landscape you see too much, so you have to find a small portion of the landscape to paint.
Pick a subject you are interested in.
Begin your painting with a pencil outline of the basic shapes you see.
Study the shadows and paint when you have good shadows.
Add your shadows quickly before they change.
Take a photo, make color notes and finish your painting later. Then go eat French desserts.