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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Le Beaux & Roussillon







Staying at Mas Saint Antoine put us in a central location to drive to a lot of the beautiful towns in Provence. Le Beaux was a beautiful, rocky area up in the hills. I used the rental car front seat as a studio to paint "Le Beaux I" and "Le Beaux II." In order to see the area I really needed to be downhill from the town. Roussillon is one of the few colorful towns in Provence. They are known for their ochre quarries, so all the buildings are in shades of ochre and reds. It was a lovely town to walk around in with shops and galleries, but of course I was more interested in painting it. "Roussillon Village" was painted while sitting on some rocks across from it.

5 comments:

Michelle Himes said...

Still drooling over all of your Paris paintings. They are an awesome collection. Looking forward to drooling over them in person soon.

P. S. I'm awarding you the the "Kreative Blogger" award. You can participate, or not, but you are the only one that I'm passing it on to. (For my other 6 I just listed some of my all time favorite artists). Check my blog for more details.

Katherine Tyrrell said...

I've been to and painted both those places - on my very first visit to Provence!

Did you go look at the quarries proper?

Did you go to Gordes? It's got a fabulous little square in the centre of the town which is one of my abiding memories of Provence. Not least because when I went we had a BBC television crew with us (they were making a holiday programme) and I remember vividly being filmed painting sitting painting the fountain - and then seeing myself on the TV several months later!

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Joan - sorry!

I totally forgot to say how impressed I was with the Les Beaux paintings - that's a very difficult subject and you've done brilliantly!

I blame forgetting on the fact that you transported me right back to Provence! ;)

Joan said...

Mickey - Thanks. Hopefully you'll get to see them soon. I'll probably participate when I get the time, but like you have awarded people in the past and don't really have any new people to give it to.

Katherine - Thank you so much. I didn't get to see the quarries, but I love the colors it gave to the town. There just isn't time for everything. How great that you were filmed painting in Gordes. That was a nice town to visit.

Lin said...

STUNNING! STUNNING AND MORE STUNNING! THEY BRING ME RIGHT BACK TO ITALY - EVEN THO I KNOW THEY'RE FRANCE .. I LOVE THESE! MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITES!!!! WOWOZA!