Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sketching at L'Isle sur la Sorgue

L'Isle sur la Sorgue
11" x 16" pen and ink and coloured pencils in Moleskine sketchbook
On Sunday we went to see the Sunday Markets at L'Isle la Sorgue.  They have two each Sunday - a brocante (antiques) market and a normal market selling all the sorts of things you see in provencal markets.

I was first introduced to these when I came painting in Provence with Arts in Provence some 20 odd years ago;  The emphasis is on getting there early or facing a long walk from where you park your car as they are extremely popular - as is lunch at the very many restaurants before driving home.

Ruth Phillip's tells us in her new book Cherries from Chauvet's Orchard, that the brocante market is the source of some of the still life objects seen in Julian Merrow Smith's blog Postcards from Provence.

You can see photographs of the market on my Making A Mark blog - see L'Isle sur la Sorgue Markets and I'll be posting more in my Provence set on Flickr when I get home.

My quick sketch was done while sat on the bank next to the park in the shade from the midday sun.  There were, of course a grou of painters in the same location and it's a good one as it's out of the main flow of traffic but offers the shade which is so helpful in Meduterranean climes to being able to see what you're putting on your paper or support.

About L'Isle la Sorgue

L'Isle la Sorgue is east of Avignon, north of the Luberon and west of where we are staying:

The town dates back to at least the twelth century.  It's situated on five of the seven branches of the River Sorgue and is a mini Venice with lots of cafes and restaurants located next to the river.  It's probably most famous for its Sunday market.

The Provence Beyond website provides good background information about the town - see http://www.beyond.fr/villages/islesorgue.html.  Plus you can also find out more about it on  Provence Web - L'Isle sur la Sorgue


  1. AnonymousJune 21, 2011

    Once again.. great colors.. Bravo!!

  2. I've been trying to visit everyone's blog and see what each of you painted. What a great time you all must have had together!!! I remember L'Isle sur la Sorgue from when I was in Provence a few years ago.


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