Bordeaux and Chianti Sketches

Here are some of the plein air landscape sketches from Bordeaux and Chianti painted the last month. We stayed in the little village of Pujols near Saint-Émilion (Bordeaux) in France, and then in Chianti near Tavarnelle val di Pesa.

My liver will need some time to recover.

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Haybales near Pujols. 30 x 20 cm, oil on panel.

The Dordogne east of Bordeaux is especially interesting for plein air landscape painting as it is unusual to have such strong tidal effects so far inland.

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Boats on the Dordogne. 23 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

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The Dordogne at Castilion-le-Bataille. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

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Petanque. 30 x 40 cm, oil on panel.

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Branne. 30 x 25 cm, oil on panel.

Saint-Émilion is a beautiful little city for plein air painting. We took the workshop students there a couple of times with great success.

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Gate at Saint-Emilion. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

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Gensac. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

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Sketches of the Church at Pujols. 20 x 15 (ish) cm each, oil on panel.

Here are a couple of plein air landscape sketches of the annual grape harvest, or Vendemmia, in the Chianti region of Tuscany. It was interesting to paint the workers en plein air as they moved quickly up the vineyard rows. I would paint the vineyard row ahead of them, then move row to row to paint the grape harvesters as they worked.

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La Vendemmia. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

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La Vendemmia #2. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

I’ll post the rest of the Chianti plein air landscape paintings later in the week.

Bordeaux and Chianti Sketches was last modified: February 16th, 2013 by Marc Dalessio


  1. Sounds like a fun trip. I always enjoy looking through your latest and trying to pick a favorite. I think it would be Gensac out of this group. But the Gate at Saint Emelion is so wonderful too.

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