Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"Morning mist over the lavender"

This may be my favorite today.  I used a great deal of artistic license, but loved the result.  Soft silver frame, 20x30, oil on linen.
France made me very happy to be an early riser.

"Center stage at Ansouis"

Ansouis was certainly one of my favorite hill towns.  We toured a lovely castle that was used by a summer home for one of the French kings, can't recall which one.....

"Roses near the doorway"

Seems like everyone in France has flowers to grace their doors or windows.  This was done from a reference photo from an early morning walk.  12"x 9", oil on linen.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

"Lavender in the garden"

I think my favorite painting so far, of all the Provence paintings.  This was next door to our lovely home in Bonnieux.   Lavender is used for decorative purposes, as well as to harvest.  The smell is wonderful and the beauty is hard to describe, even in paint.  One can only make the attempt.
18x24, oil on linen.  All the paintings will be shown at Craving Art in Beaufort in October.

"Les tournesols"

The literal translation of "tournesols" is "turning toward the sun."   The sunflowers were everywhere, the perfect compliment to the many lavender fields.   It is easy to see why Van Gogh was so inspired.   
16x20, oil on linen

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Lavender fields near Bonnieux

From a recent trip to Provence, a painting of the beautiful lavender that was everywhere in higher regions.  It was a breathtaking sight at any time of day and in any weather.

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