I enjoyed a great few days painting en plein air over in Switzerland last year where I painted in the beautiful village of Givrins, near Nyon. The works that I completed include:
Painting of the Auberge at Givrins
I started painting this piece from life in the centre of Givrins before finishing the painting back in my studio.
I loved the way the bright sunlight shifted across the street as I worked and the colours of the Auberge shutters and parasols made for a really interesting piece.
Painting of Lake Geneva and the Alps
Painted on a cloudy but bright day, the second view features Lake Geneva in the middle ground and the alps in the distance seen from the outskirts of Givrins.
I managed to sit on a bench for this painting, saving my legs for the other days that I would be stood at the pochade box!
Painting of the Jura Mountains from Givrins
I painted this scene of the Jura Mountains stood in a field on the edge of Givrins.
I headed out quite early and the clouds were hiding the mountains so I worked up the foreground and middle ground as best as I could in the hope that the sun would break through later in the day.
Luckily the weather and light improved and a low hanging mist created a great atmosphere in between the mountains. A thoroughly enjoyable one to paint.