Lake Orta Sketchbook

I just got back from a holiday on Lake Orta, in Northern Italy. As has been demonstrated in a number of scientific studies, Lake Orta is the most beautiful spot on earth. It also happens to be where I spent much of my childhood. If I were the kind of artist who devotes a career to trying to capture the essence of a particular locale, Lake Orta would be where I’d park my easel. Since I don’t have the patience for such a life’s endeavour, all I can offer up is these black and white sketches, made on the fly.

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7 Responses to Lake Orta Sketchbook

  1. Pingback: Legends of Lake Orta | julian peters comics

  2. alice says:

    ce matin, je vois qu’on parle du val Vigezzo et contrairement à mon habitude je vérifie c’est où et ce soir, on visite la Lombardie et l’animateur demande au pilote quelle est l’endroit survolé? l’Ile de San Giulio sur le lago d’Orta, alors je souris…peut-être l’île san Giulio paraîtra-t-elle un de ces jours sur un sketch made on the fly

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    • Elle est visible en faite, en silhouette et en très petit, dans le cinquième de ces croquis. Et le septième et le dixième ont été faits “on location,” sur l’île, qui, sur le lago d’Orta, est bien difficile à éviter.

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      • alice says:

        ah bien, bien…
        je me rends compte que je m’attarde aux canards (ce sont des canards n’est-ce pas?) parce qu’il faut faire vite et chaque trait est important et c’est impeccable

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  3. alice says:

    Well,
    il devait y avoir tout près ce parfum maternant de café,
    cette première gorgée aussi, surtout,
    qu’on recherche dans chaque tasse par la suite
    alors que les ingrédients manquants sont la qualité de l’air
    indissociable de la qualité de la lumière
    qui ne se retrouvent que dans la proximité
    du Lac Orta

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  4. Very cool and very evocative, Jools! Some of the sketches make me think of Mattotti’s sketches of Venice. Speaking of Lorenzos, had I the wealth of a de Medici, you’d be my Michelangelo and I’d happily bankroll all your artistic projects with carte blanche.

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    • Thanks, Marco! I had Mattotti in mind all the time I was doing these, particularly his approach to drawing water. If you were a Medici, you’d surely be Lorenzo il Magnifico, seeing that on top of being a big moneybags he was also an excellent writer.

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