I enjoyed a great few days painting en plein air over in Switzerland earlier this month.

I was based in the picturesque village of Givrins, near Nyon where I was able to paint the local Auberge, Jura Mountains and Lake Geneva.

Plein Air Painting Switzerland

The gallery below shows a few progress shots of the three paintings.

Painting of the Auberge, Givrins

I lost the light as I painted the Auberge (think I bit off more than I could chew!) so I’ll be finishing this back in the studio when I can find the time!

Plein Air Painting Givrins near Nyon

Painting of Lake Geneva and the Alps

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!

The weather wasn’t quite clear enough to make out Mont Blanc so it’s definitely a spot to return to in future.

Plein Air Painting Lake Geneva

Painting of the Jura Mountains

My favourite view is the one of the Jura Mountains which I painted from across some fields on the outskirts of the village.

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.

Painting the Jura Mountains

When I’ve managed to varnish and photograph the finished paintings they’ll be added to my portfolio and available to buy in the shop.

Work in Progress Photos