Mauritius Island in February is mighty hot and humid, especially in the middle of the day when I wanted to paint.
There are some scenes here in Provence that I keep going back to for inspiration and repeatedly paint. Either the subject is very important to me in our new life in France or the subject matter needs repeating..
Les Atelier d’Artistes, (Studio of Artists), is one of charming galleries located on the main street of Lourmarin. It’s made up of twelve artists, three sculptors and eight painters, all French except moi. Besides manning the gallery once a month, we share some of the costs associated. It’s a wonderful location as Lourmarin attracts many tourists.
Bonnieux is one of my favorite villages in Provence. Perched on the side of a cliff, we see it often as we drive from our village of Lourmarin to the north Luberon, And, especially at dusk when the sun is setting, I am always entranced by the sight of it. No wonder I have painted it several times.
In September of 2014 Don and I took our first (and last) cruise. We were to board in Venice at the height of the summer season, and booked ourselves into a very nice hotel the night prior to enjoy a good dinner and walk through the streets. The next morning, we discovered it was the same weekend as George Clooney’s wedding!
Last September Caline and I decided to go to Cassis for the weekend and paint. It’s a charming fishing village right on the Cote d’Azur less than an hour from Marseille. From Lourmarin, it’s only about an hour and a half drive.
When we came over in 2012, we rented a sweet apartment in Lourmarin which happened to be across the street from one Bernadette and her charming five bedroom Chambre d’Hote.