Sketches of Summer

Oil painting of the port at Marseillan.

The Port at Marseillan. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

Here are a few of the paintings from my travels this summer. I was in Tuscany and on Lago Maggiore in Italy, Marseillan and Bordeaux in France, and on the island of Pag in Croatia. I was working on portrait commissions for much of August and didn’t have a lot of time to sketch. I find the concentration required for commissioned portraits means you’re better off not exhausting yourself earlier in the day with landscapes.

Farmhouse at Tavarnelle. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel..

Arona, Lago Maggiore. 24 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

The Twins, Agde. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

The Canal du Midi at Marseillan. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

Canal du Midi #2. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

Church at Langoiran. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

Fishing Nets on the Garonne. 30 x 40 cm, oil on panel.

Castillion-la-Bataille. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

The Port at Mandre. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

Sunset on Pag. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.


  1. they are all beautiful and atmospheric capturing the smells and feelings of each landscape. is that a pink or sienna ground you use? whatever it is, it works wonderfully as it peaks through!
    looking forward to seeing your commissions if you decide to post.

  2. Great landscapes, Marc! I hope that you are feeling well.

    I really hope that you post some images of your commissions…I ADORE your portraits!

    • The undertone is the seal I put on the gesso panels. It’s retouch varnish with a touch of transparent red oxide. One or two might get enlarged this winter.

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