Little French Church

This is a quick doodlewash of some little french church, mostly to play with shadows and perspective. I used a limited palette again. This time just Naples Yellow, Alazarin Crimson, French Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna and Sap Green (Actually didn’t use my fave Quinacridone Gold this time!)

It’s another sketch from the #DrawingAugust challenge, so we’re still in the French theme. I think I’m going to try a famous french person soon, just to try my other personal challenge… people. I’m still not super comfortable or at ease with the idea of drawing people so architecture and scenes like this one are perfect way to avoid them. But, as always, I’m going to just go for it soon!

I love these little french towns. It seems so quaint and calm. Life in the city can get a little stressful at times, and places like this seem filled with peace. Likely, that’s not entirely the case, but it looks that way so they are really relaxing to draw.

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

10 replies on “Little French Church

  1. such an awesome piece. I want to go to a little town in France like this soooooommmmme day! (And I also want to be able to paint like this someday!) 🙂


    1. You should definitely go! As should I actually…this one was painted from a couple photos I found. Not even sure if it was the same place 😊 And thank you…you can totally paint like this! Just takes being crazy enough to do it daily for awhile! Hehe


    1. I’ve done both, but lately I’ve been doing an ink sketch first because I’m doing a drawing challenge this month. Previously I just did a light pencil sketch, doodlewashed it, and then came back in with some ink. (Sometimes…not always!) I kind of just try anything that feels interesting in the moment!

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      1. Do you find you prefer one way to the other? I felt like inking first made it kind of like a coloring book. I don’t think I was able to use the watercolor well that way.


      2. All the many approaches are so different! I think I love them all equally, but differently! Watercolor only is very exciting as I have no idea what will happen, pencil with watercolor can be faster and I find it really therapeutic (sometimes add ink to pull out details and when I don’t want to stop playing inside the world of that particular doodlewash), and ink first DOES make it feel like an adult coloring book, which my inner child does backflips over!! It’s super fun!! 😉


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