Little French Town

Little French Town by Charlie O'Shields

I did a doodlewash of another sketch I had drawn for #DrawingAugust, of a photo I found of a little town in France. I have no idea which little town this is, but I was inspired to sketch it. I liked the sketch a lot, so I scanned a copy of it, but was also pleased with the dimension of the doodlewashed version.

It’s been challenging to try to sketch something every day, so it’s going to be awhile before I’ll have time to try something with just pencil and watercolor again since I like to sketch in ink. For this one I used a couple new colors I snuck into the bag over the weekend (that doesn’t mean I shoplifted them, but simply that I managed to get Philippe to agree to let me have them). The new colors are more Winsor and Newtown Professional Water Colours, Alazarin Crimson and Naples Yellow in tiny 5ml tubes (they’re the least expensive way to try them).

The new colors helped the house in the foreground to pop and remain the focal point for the doodlewash. But there’s lots of other colors used in this one as well (3 or 4 different colors in the stones alone). I don’t know why I love these complex landscapes, but they’re a fun challenge and I like getting lost in each little area of the sketch. It’s like I’m exploring the town in person that way and let’s me take my own little trip back to France.

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18 Comments
  1. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Charming! I’ve been using the Windsor & Newton watercolor, I’m happy I made the splurge and bought them.

    • Author

      Awesome! Thanks Sharon! 🙂 Yeah…they’re pretty great. Want to try the other brands as well, but one step at a time. Hehe

  2. SunHex 2 years ago

    I love your artistic style!

  3. Jodi 2 years ago

    This is amazing! So happy to discover your little blog Charlie! I think I am going to learn a lot – and if not learn, at least enjoy a lot! 🙂

  4. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    Lovely piece. Has a nice charming feel to it, easy to imagine riding a bike down the road, past the yellow stone house, with a loaf of french bread tucked in a basket on the handle bars. Thanks for sharing a daydream prompt. ;D

    • Author

      Thank you Haunani! (hopefully no automatic autocorrect on your name this time…hehe) Thanks for your awesome description…you made my daydream even better!! 🙂

  5. ramida78 2 years ago

    This is so lovely <3. Makes me want to go out and buy more colors also.

  6. Great job, Charlie. Isn’t it so cool to take a mini-vacation every time you sit down to paint? I love that aspect so much. Your paintings are so intricate. They look like lots of fun. 💛

    • Author

      Thanks Laura!! Yeah…I love getting a little lost in these which is why I think they end up with so many little details. I don’t paint anything larger than 5×7 or I’d probably get totally lost and never come back! 😉 lol

  7. kirkistan 2 years ago

    Your sketches continue to be amazing. Nice work.

    • Author

      Thank you much Kirk!! (Ahhh the pressure now! Hehe!) I think the daily practice is really helping more than I could have anticipated. I’ve never sketched daily in my life until these last few weeks, so this has been a really cool experience!

  8. ann christina 2 years ago

    Wow, this is so beautiful!!! Love the turquoise blinds!!!

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