A visit to Mirepoix

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Mirepoix is a small town in southern France, south-west of Carcassonne.  At the centre is a cathedral and a medieval town centre with a busy market place.  I’ve visited and sketched there several times.  Locked down in London, I have been looking through sketchbooks and decided to use some images to paint new versions of places I have been.  Here is the sketchbook page, from July 2018:

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I decided I wanted to simplify, and focus on the decorative facades of the buildings, and give a sense of strong light and heat.  So the trees, for example, are excluded.  The first new version is at the head of this post, and here is my second attempt:

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My third version was done very quickly, and leaves out the nineteenth century (I’m guessing) covered market building on the right:

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