I’m very happy with this drawing. It is a development from one of my townscape sketches and depicts a small, quiet harbour in St Tropez. I loved that the buildings are not quite square, not in straight rows, and that the windows seemed to be randomly placed. The walls were all varying soft beiges and creams and the shutters green or grey, offset by the mottled red rooftiles. A tranquil spot.

The only part I don’t like is the shutters on the house to the left of the alley. I used a brush pen and the colour is too dense. The dark trees on the hill behind balance this to a degree.

I got totally lost in this picture (somehow took ten hours?!) and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very gratifying when my coffee-provider came into the studio and said “oh- that’s the little harbour we sat in in St Tropez”.

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