|Sault and the Lavender Fields16 ½” x 12”, 29cm x 42cm, pen and sepia ink and coloured pencils in|
Moleskine A3 size Folio Sketchbook
To get there we took the D1 which skirts around the edge of Mont Ventoux from its western edge to its eastern slopes above Sault.
On the way we came across the Belvedere de la Nesque (on the D1) and found a map of the Lavender Fields in the Nesque Valley.
|A map of the Lavender Fields in the valley of the River Nesque|
- as seen from the Belvedere de laNesque
The way lavender looks depends on which way round you paint it - so you can EITHER see the rows in which it is planted
|Rows of Lavender at Senanque Abbey on 27 June 2012|
We found a field some way from Sault which had a good view of the town - and all the other fields of lavender. D164 - Route du Ventoux - View of Sault & Lavender Fields is the Google Maps location on the Route du Ventoux from which I sketched Sault and the Lavender Fields. [I've started a Painting Places in Provence map so I don't forget where I went to sketch something!]
We returned to this spot on June 25th and sketched and painted in the late afternoon. I think Sarah produced two paintings in the time it took me to do this sketch! :) I was very struck by the pinky shades which kept coming through - although I guess that might have been the late afternoon / early evening light.
The Pays de Sault website has some other suggestions about Suggested Circuits to View the Lavender
To see a review of the Sketchbook I used for this very large sketch see Making a Mark Reviews: Moleskine Folio Sketchbook - A3 size
More from The Provence Sketchbook (2011)