Corner of Les Murets, 6 x 6, Color study, late afternoon
Simple Color Notes, Les Murets, late afternoon
Color Study, Mt Ste Victoire, 6 x 6
Quick Gesture and Color Demo. Late Afternoon, Les Murets, 9 x 12
Something about Provence, a certain je ne sais quoi -- perhaps the dry air contains fairy dust -- produces an incredible synergy that lifted all spirits last week during our trip to Les Murets, Ann Huff's hilltop mas near Gordes that serves as our home base.
My words can not adequately describe the feelings that we (8 wise and amazing women, all painters, plus me) experienced as each day built upon the last. I'm still pinching myself and holding the memories tight.
We enjoyed charming restaurant lunches, rose wine, outdoor dinners at home, walks, talks, market visits, a meeting with French artiste Andree Thobaty -- and we did actually paint along the way!
Our painting mission was to do color studies, and to focus on the large shapes; we were not concerned with creating "completed" works. Instead, the goal was to capture l'essence of this special place.
As so aptly put by designer Norma Kamali in a recent newspaper article: "If there were a description of what heaven looks like, I would say this [Provence] is it."
Caseneuve Morning, 8 x 10, Mary Muir
Mt Sainte Victoire, 12 x 16, Suzy Dmetruk
Caseneuve Doorway, 12 x 9, Debbie Bruce
Caseneuve Vista, Ann Currey, 8 x 8
Color notes taken first are on the left!
Captured View, Eygalieres, 10 x 8, Dawn Douglas
Vineyard near Aix, 8 x 10, Dianne Williams
Morning Light, Mt Sainte Victoire, 10 x 12, Sandy Cox
Mt. Sainte Victoire, Color Notes on right, 8 x 10, Martha Elder
I am flying high right now, despite a bit of jet lag -- such beautiful times with like-minded friends, seeing through the eyes of all of the artists who have traveled the path before us; for me, that's the magic of this art life... Sante, mes amies!