Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Time in Provence

I just returned from a fabulous trip to the south of France. We were a group of twelve artist and stayed at Les Bassacs in Provence with David and Liz. Check them out if you are looking for a trip involving art. Great hospitality and the food was fantastic. Very organized.
One day they took us out to the lavender fields to
paint and as lovely as they were I was captivated by a grouping of wild flowers and the way they were twisted and woven together. Of course a perfect place to use the all ready prepped grid page.
Saint Saturnin des Apt is the closest village to Les Bassacs. David goes into the village every morning to get our daily supply of fresh breads. This windmill complete with sails sits above the village. The closed window shutters are from the main house at Les Bassacs.
We spent one very warm day in Sault complete with picnic lunch. The village overlooks the splendid lavender and wheat fields. They were a beautiful patchwork of golds and purples. I first drew the hollyhocks and did my interpretation of the hills. We all liked the composition and white hollyhocks so I decided to leave them without color. Lots more to come.

Robert Bateman 6" x 9" Sketchbook
Pen and Watercolor

7 comments:

mARTa said...

you sure know how to have fun!!!

Lynn said...

That sounds like the trip of a lifetime (and my dream trip). Love those little grid sketches.

Alex said...

Exquisite! I am supposed to go to Lyon in the end of September too, it's a business trip but I am really looking forward to it!

Jeff said...

Sounds like an amazing trip. Thanks for sharing some of your drawings and the memories that go along with them

Victoria Bolton said...

Beautiful! I will bookmark your blog so I can see more from this fabulous trip. Thanks for posting.

Margaret Ann said...

Every time I visit your blog I feel like I am home...Ahhh! What a fabulous trip and these sketched memories are so very priceless!

africantapestry said...

Beautiful Deborah! Love your first sketch...the beautiful old stone
Ronell