Sunday, June 23, 2013

Our Front Door In France

8"x8" oil on gessoed masonite artboard
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Once you enter through the French blue-green iron gate (see yesterday's post) and you are within the courtyard of the old home, you are surrounded with rustic beauty.  Roses are bountiful, climbing, rambling...and are accented with delphiniums, topiaries, lily of the valley, honey-suckle, grape-vines, and many other flowering delights. The big front door has a central brass knob to turn to enter. A staircase surrounded by climbing roses takes you to an upper terrace (as well as our art studio) and gardens that Monet would have been envious of! 

Each day we've managed to pack in three gourmet meals (oh, those recent 10 pounds that I lost have probably found me again).  We've managed to fit in side trips to wonderful little towns in the country-side, open-air markets, as well as excellent demos from our fearless leader, Dreama....AND have daylight to paint! Thank goodness for long daylight hours in this part of the world. It's light out until 10pm. By the end of the day, we are totally spent. But each morning we are all excited and eager to find what the day holds for us! 
Some of our painters in the courtyard:
and a funny 'hog van' I spotted this morning!

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