“Tournasol Spotlight”

watercolor on paper, 15″ x 22″

Returning from a day’s outing to a place called Bergerac . . . .yes, Bergerac of Cyrano fame . . . . . . . . . you know! Cyrano Bergerac, the muskateer who wrote the love letters for his pal . . . .we drove through beautiful rolling hills of fields of grapes, corn, sunflowers and, occasionally, potatoes. On this overcast day, as we wove among the vineyards, a distant hill planted with fields of sunflowers, lit up under a sudden sunbeam. It was an amazing sight! I couldn’t help myself. The urge to paint that contrast just could not be resisted. So, out came the soft brushes. Several glazes later, this is what showed up. A texture of granulated cool color underlies the warmth. There is an undulating rhythm to the countryside there that is hopefully mentioned in the painting. Enjoy!

2 thoughts on “Spotlighting”

  1. Another sensational watercolor. The cloudy sky with the yellow field and house in the distance is wonderful.
    You’re very good with landscape composition.

  2. Mike, you hit this one out of the park. I like the division of space here and that graded wash with the suggestion of rows. Very nice. I bet you wanted to stop every 50 ft over there. I’m guessin ya got lots of images to sort?

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