De Saurs painting

A painting’s story tells it’s story on this page.

Of the finished work “more than a match for anything in the Musee d’Orsay” ~ said Alain Soreano, author, historian in his welcoming speech declaring open an exhibition at the Centre Culturale, by invitation of the ville de Gaillac .

Chateau de Saurs 23.05.17

Chateau de Saurs   23.05.17

This new painting in oils on canvas measures 76 x 121 cm (30″ x 48″), oils on canvas, £12,000, available.

On this page the painting tells you something of it’s own story, our yarn concludes with a brief history of the chateau.

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Chateau de Saurs sketch 1

Chateau de Saurs sketch 1

I visited the location a number of times while producing Château de Saurs.

A painting is never a mechanical interpretation, it is an opportunity to go beyond those limiting qualities into other more profound values.

My challenge was how to represent what most describes this classic Palladium style building in it’s refined setting and to suggest it’s sophisticated wines.

As with all my work, this is very much a ‘full on’ painting however one really needs to see the original to fully appreciate the commitment.

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I consider myself very very lucky to have had during 2015/16 ready access to most of the subjects in ‘Gaillac Collection’ in the beautiful Tarn and thanks largely to my ‘French sister’ Hélène Ancelet for arranging a house to rent in the picturesque 13 th century bastide of Castelnau de Montmiral.

I able to seize a rare opportunity in 2016 to return and complete these paintings on location thus making each and every one including this Châteaux, de Saurs, the largest of the series, a very special result while living exceptional moments in my painting career and life.

When does a painting speak to the painter? Here, a painting tells it’s story.

Chateau de Saurs sketch IMG_4990 (2)

In my experience there is no substitute for investing time, as I use to say to the nippers when coaching sailing, “sometimes slower is faster“.

In a classic manner this painting began with two visits to make a carefully considered reconnaissance of the location and for a meeting with the owner to gain an impression of how he felt about this fabulous site which is one of his businesses and importantly, his family home.

With the kind permission of M. Yves Burrus I visited the gardens of this classic château several times during 2016 and 2017.

Besides exploring extensive gardens as can you too, I sketched on location including in colour.

M. Burras opens to visitors during ‘working’ hours which during summer includes week ends.

In consultation M. Burrus we both felt the gardens deserved, needed to be included in the de Saurs painting.

We also agreed it would help to include a family gathering on the terrace and his beloved dogs.

Later, the squirrels the garden were introduced at the suggestion of his grand daughter who was following the progress via my blog.

While renowned for fine wines, many of them award winning, we felt and hope you agree, château de Saurs, a magnificent building that equals any in Bordeaux or elsewhere in wine growing France, the gardens are a subtle balance between formal and informal, we felt the gardens are de Saurs most distinguishing visual characteristic.

I took photographs and gave the matter a few coats of ‘thinking’.

The next stage was to re visit to make sketches.

Chateau de Saurs sketch 2 WP IMG_5000

Sketching and drawing makes one ‘really’ look, so first in graphite to confirm or deny my choice of perspective.

Château de Saurs is the most classical building in the Gaillac region.

However, in common with the other Châteaux, de Saurs remains a family home, that privacy and it’s ambience should be respected.

I consider that aspect important for the ‘feel’, ambience, of my eventual painting.

Another fair question was how best to represent this classic Palladium style building in it’s environment and at the same time complement the other paintings scheduled for an exhibition in the following December by which I was being honoured with an invitation to show at the centre cultural, of the ville de Gaillac …?

Even the best exhibitions come and go, therefoe the painting must also have ‘stand alone’ quality.
How to represent the varieties of colour, shape and texture among the many plants?

Chateau de Saurs sketch 2

Chateau de Saurs sketch 2

Green is a colour that makes me nervous, in a well laid garden there are soooo many greens;

Thus I decided to follow up the graphite and pencil sketches with colour,  a ‘plien aire’ oil study, to begin to get a feel for the colours.

No lesser a master than John Constable said “every painting should be an experiment”; fine, in that case kids, it’s playtime everytime !

chateau de Saurs

Oils, concept sketch, chateau de Saurs (available, £1,000)

Oils, concept sketch detail 1, chateau de Saurs

Oils, concept sketch detail 1, chateau de Saurs

Oils, concept sketch detail 2, chateau de Saurs

Oils, concept sketch detail 2, chateau de Saurs

 

I determined  this would be a fair sized painting on canvas measuring 76 x 121 cms (30″ x 48″) taking full advantage of the rare opportunity of regular access to the location,  effort worthy too,  of the Gaillac a district and the Gaillacois, an amiable people of whom I am very fond.

In the beginning…

A colour & drawing  beginning, Chateau de Saurs 07.08.16

A colour & drawing beginning, Chateau de Saurs 07.08.16

Gone squiggily? Don’t panic, its not your eyesight.

You may notice the  very ‘original’ look, with lots of squiggly lines?

Can you guess why?

Chateau de Saurs 16.08.16

Chateau de Saurs 16.08.16

Château de Saurs, confusion no, change of plan yes.

Hélène Ancelet and I liked the initial version, it seemed a pity not to keep its unique qualities; but.

That terrible word ‘but‘, I sometimes think it is the hardest word in the English vocabulary… but then again maybe not.

The above shows something of the confusion, much change, searching, and risk loosing the qualities of the initial layout, a hard decision…

What ever, my philosophy is I think, to consider the consequences and as appropriate be willing to risk all, risk disaster, to aim for the very best result I am capable of at that time, even if it means sacrificing a promising start and much valuable time, paint and effort, a ‘good enough plus’ result or nothing.

Now can you guess what is happening with this painting?
Where is the potential in this painterly mess?

Château de Saurs 17.08.2016

Château de Saurs 17.08.2016

Château de Saurs beginning to happen, to realise it’s potential.

Now I have to wait while the under painting dries before I start ‘building’ and here methinks I’ll have a lot of ‘gardening’ to do too.

Chateau de Saurs, progress

Chateau de Saurs, progress 10.09.16

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Shaping up Château de Saurs, 13.10.16

Shaping up Château de Saurs, 13.10.16

As is my custom when a painting is made on speculation, not  a commission I fit other paying work in around the project.

The downside is it’s not completed as quickly as one might like, the upside is the extra time to think about what I am doing, produce something very exceptional and without rupturing my bank account.

Steady progress, Chateau de Saurs  28.11.16

Steady progress, Chateau de Saurs 28.11.16

Nearing completion, Chateau de Saurs  22.11.16

Nearing completion, Chateau de Saurs 22.11.16

Much colour still to be tinted, some forms to be refined, the sense of ‘light’ to be developed and as usual the fine details, people on the terrace, animals and birds in the garden, the general appearance of the building, all await their turn for attention.

The changes are subtle, among others, slight alterations to colours, lighter, brighter, some new colours added, added for depth, form and light to the trees, shrubs and lawn, given further touches of attention to the tone and colour of the building and generally sharpened up details including I ‘spruced up’ the family and M. Burrus dogs on the terrace.

With my way of painting, it’s always details last; then after last, another 3 % of effort as the colours settle to life the painting I hope, to give it a higher ‘WoW !’ factor.

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To acquire this or commission a similar painting, a pleasure to own, a sound investment, you can purchase in easy stages.

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The Château de Saurs

The present château was built between 1848 and 1852.

As a visitor you are free to explore and enjoy the beautiful gardens as I did.

To begin your discovery, follow my footsteps into this extraordinary painting.

Château de Saurs has produced many award winning wines, you can freely sample and if you wish, buy these fine wines produced from the surrounding vines.

Wine making has been a family tradition for the  Gineste de Saurs family, seated  at château de Saurs  since the 14th century.

This the most classic château in the region, built as you see here in the Palladium style, encompassed by fine gardens and includes a beautiful modern art gallery.

Château de Saurs is the most classic château and in the heart of the Gaillac region, a dozen kilometers North west of the ancient town of Gaillac, don’t miss visiting de Saurs when nearby.

We, my collegues in the Mairie de Gaillac and I,  thought no Giallac collection could be complete without the stately Château de Saurs,  thoroughly worthy of inclusion here as one of the most interesting château and domaine in the Gaillac region, arguably the most famous, certainly the most elegant.

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