I have been in France for 14 days now and I am loving it here. I started painting the day after my friend Gail and I moved into the house in the village of Soréze. It is a medieval village. All of the houses are three stories. During the middle ages, the bottom floor was used to house the farm animals so that they could contribute to the warmth of the house.
I paint in a lovely studio on the third floor that is quite large and has windows that open onto views of nearby rooftops. It also has a great view below of the cobbled stone street. It has skylights so the painting light is perfect. There are exactly 30 stair steps from the first floor to the studio. I go from the bottom to the top about 8 times a day.
Here is the first version of my first painting in process. When I took the photo, I thought that I was about half finished. It takes me a little while to get into the French painting groove.
Here is the next version.
I never say that I have finished a painting here because when I get home it will be stretched onto wooden stretchers bars by my stretching department, better known as Tim Anderson. Now I have canvas taped on a plywood board with green Frog tape, the color of which is somewhat annoying. By the time I get home, which will be in about a month, my paintings sometimes need a little touch up.
No title has come to mind for this painting. Any suggestions?
PS: Here is an image of the lettuce that we buy at the farmer’s market every Saturday at a nearby town. it makes three salads for two people.
Your final revision of the rooftop in Soreze is truly beautiful! And your studio looks perfect for you. This trip could exceed your expectations. I look forward to hearing more about it.
Hi Brenda,thank you for your comment. The studio is great and spacious. As s matter of fact this trip is exceeding my expectations. I am having a wonderful time. I hope that you are painting.
I love seeing the works in progress. The final version is gorgeous! Title: A view from the top.
Thanks Linda, It took a while to come out with what I hope is the final version of that first painting. I am doing more abstract landscapes now which you should be seeing soon. What are you painting?
I’m working on a NM landscape with some red rocks. I was going to send you a photo for some suggestions. I feel i lost my way with this and have now got it more on track. It helps to see that you also go through revisions before the final version.
Linda, I revise my work all of the time. I rarely just finish a painting without fixing it somehow. Painting is problem solving to me. Yes, send me your photo.
I will keep that in mind. The photo is on its way.