Sunday, November 08, 2009

Automne

I just got back from a trip to revisit my old haunts in the south of France. I stayed with my good friend Uli who's living in Nice while working on various projects. He has a great pad above the port-here's the view from the balcony.



We toured around the Riviera sketching along the way. Here are two views of the great walled village St Paul de Vence.




I spent a day in Cannes-outside the high season & the film festival it's quite a quiet, relaxing town.


The Palais des Festivals and the Old Town from the Croisette


A blustery day in St. Tropez


I showed Uli as many of the places that I'd discovered while living in the south as possible. At St.Paul de Vence we visited the Miro exhibition at the Fondation Maeght. In Provence we hot-footed around the citadelle of Les Baux before a whistle-stop tour of the Luberon taking in Gordes, Roussillon & Bonnieux. Off the Vallee du Var we stopped at Gilette, Roquesteron, Sigale, LaPenne and Entrevaux.



Uli only draws at 'magic hour' when the rays of the setting sun flood his apartment, glancing off his spectacles & burning wonderful drawings onto the paper.



In normal daylight he just doesn't know what to do!








23 comments:

dominique eichi said...

Lovely sketches . I miss that region. My heritage is from Biarritz.

abhishek singh said...

they really capture the life around ,
beautiful sketches
:)

Kendra Melton said...

these are wonderful.

UM said...

Your on-the-spot drawings are terrific, Matt, but they look even better for real, the internet doesn't do them any justice. Think about that book...
The second photo of me looking puzzled is a winner, you caught that expression just at the right moment. Thanks pal!

JP said...

A Montblanc Meierstuck, eh? ladidah

Randeep Katari said...

Your observational sketches are some of the best, and a constant inspiration, Matt. Love your posts.

R.

Matthew Cruickshank said...

This post made me laugh!! Great storyboardesque sketches matey!


See you in the Cote de Bristol tomorrow-just in time to watch the sun go down together.......

MikeS said...

Why'd Uli get peppered with a salt shaker?

Fantastic work, Mr. Jones.

Kristian said...

man-o-man. This is a bevy of fine beauties, my friend. I wish I could see soem of the places you have seen. Fortunately I have your wonderful drawings to experience it through

YNHeller said...

your drawings on location are fabulous!

saeideh omidghaemi said...

I love what you do, and love the ease of how you do these...totally inspired thanxxx

yolk said...

I loved this situation stories, are fantastic!
and Uli looks so cude in his glasses :D

ZaR said...

Amazing, and so inspirational!

Ashley Boddy said...

I especially like the way you captured your plaid sweater...have you packed your supply for the US?

"TORI CAT" said...

Breath taking work as always!!
Hee hee!! I love the comic strip at the end of your post with you and Uli. Did he really eat a kangaoo??
Have just seen you will be speaking with legendary Ronald Searle at CTN in LA. Hope it all goes well. Im sure it will be a big hit! :)
Have fun and all the best.xx

C.B. Canga said...

you are amazing! very inspiring.

Jeremy said...

You're a real top notch artist Matt and the Searle presentation was very enjoyable. Thank you for sharing. Just wanted to let you know that you were signed in on facebook on one of the Marriott's computers in the lobby. Don't worry, I signed you out immediately but I wanted to let you know so you can watch out for it next time. Take care and hope to see you next year!

galvinator said...

brilliant sketchwork, from following the blog you must have pencils instead of fingers, you seem to be sketching all the time, and all quality work. Continue sharing.

Erik D. Martin said...

incredible drawings!

Eivind said...

Some great sketches there man!

Monkeyfeather said...

Great to meet you as well Matt. Hope you guys had a fun drive down to San Fran.

Have a safe trip home, and a FANTASTIC holiday season.

john

Mick said...

I really dig the rough brush effect on the trees in the 'saint paul's fence' picture

Dominic Bugatto said...

wonderful sketches.