I've just about shown you all I've got ... this is second to last post about The French Paintings and it's a mixed bag.
The classic street scene in the painting below was deserted the day we chose to visit Chateuneuf-du-Pape. Perhaps it was too late in the day? Probably it was a Sunday. It's a considerably livelier setting in the photo on this webpage: http://www.provenceweb.fr/e/vaucluse/chateau-pape/chateauneufpape.htm And yes that's me walking down the street!
|DO-WAH-DIDDY, Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2005 oil 18" x 12" Collector unknown|
A painting I mourn parting with is Chateau la Nerthe. It's a setting outside a nearby winery nearby ... and it was closed as well!
Overwhelmed by the grandeur and decadence at Versailles I chose to paint this close up of a balcony seen at a place I didn't know existed on the property; Marie-Antoinette's Estate. I have another name for it ...
|MARIE-ANTOINETTE'S PLAY FARM 2005 oil 14" x 22" Collection of Linda and Ron Weiner|
And in the town that Vincent Van Gogh spent his last couple of months ...
|AUVERS ARCHWAY 2005 oil 18" x24" Collector unknown|
One last rural painting ...
|CHAPELLE ST. SIXTE (near Eygalieres) 2003 plein air oil 12" x 16" $1100.|
|Painting the above, October, 2003|
Touted as one of the prettiest villages (and indeed it is) Lourmarin is also where the author of A Year in Provence, Peter Mayle lives. Behind the renaissance castle there I found what I really wanted to paint; Mystery Stairway. But there was also this cascading pot of flowers by a small crumbing stair case ...
|BRIGHT CORNER OF LOURMARIN 2004 oil 12" x 16" Collection of Lou Ann Bolin|
Our friend, Marie Claire (who lives in Paris and has a condo in Canmore) followed closely the creation of my French paintings. She suggested I invite Peter Mayle (author of A year in Provence) to one of my solo shows and said that she'd look after getting his address. His is not an address that is not easily obtained, but you need to know that Marie Claire doesn't well take well to getting no for an answer. She relentlessly worked on the staff of Lourmarin town hall until she wore somebody down. I then mailed him a note with an invitation and this was his gratefully received response ...