Balades en Val d’Hérault
Balades en Val’Herault is a new collection of watercolours by Nicholas Poullis that celebrate the beauty of the local region. The exhibition will be on display until the end of September at the Office de Tourisme in Pezenas in the salle de Chiminée.
"I have painted in the Languedoc region for over fourteen years, mostly, in the Pézenas area. I work on site in watercolour directly from life. I am not critical of artists who use photos, most do, however for me I find working from photos rather restrictive and frankly a little tedious. I enjoy the whole process of working from life and my working materials are practical and adapted to this quite old school way of painting. I have a bag of paints, water bottle and brushes, a board with a piece of paper and an easel. Most subject is found by chance by exploration.
In terms of figurative art, a painting is often a celebration of a chosen subject. Often it provides a new perspective on a subject and shows it in a new way. Perhaps this is why figurative painting endures, watercolour in particular is never really in or out of fashion.
I started visiting the communes between Pezenas and Agde, for the purpose of this exhibition, last year, my objective was to find defining subject matter – many villages look the same and so it is important to find something unique and interesting. This is often easy to do and particularly with painting and it becomes almost
nevitable that you can provide a new perspective on what is sometimes quite a well painted subject such as the Moulin at St Thibery.
Part of my plan was to show some well-known sites such as those found in Pezenas. I also planned to show sites off the beaten track such as the Moulin de Roquemengarde and Moulin de Bessan, where I painted with wellknown local artist Derek Corke – who features in the painting.
The exhibition includes views of Agde, Adissan, Caux, Lezignan le Cebe, Montagnac, Aumes, St Thibery, Nizas, Bessan, Castelnau de Geurs, Pinet, Florensac, Pomerols, Pezenas, Tourbes, Vias and Portiranges.
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