Total Sensual Experience

Many of you know how much I love France. This week was no exception. It was filled with morning walks in the nearby fields, a wonderful farmer’s market, a village antique sale, and painting almost every day for about five hours.

I also walk around a nearby lake (below) as much as possible because it is in a lovely forested area with water gushing into it from a local river. It takes about an hour to complete the circuit.

Lake Saint Ferreol

Lake Saint Ferreol

France is a total sensual experience for me. Every morning I open the old green wooden shutters to my second floor bedroom and let the sun shine on the mural that goes from floor to ceiling, which means that it is approximately 12×6-feet. Carole Watanabe, the artist who owns the house, painted it. It is a copy of a Matisse painting. Seeing it every morning is a joyous experience.

Mural on my bedroom wall

Mural on my bedroom wall

My housemate gets a view of this mural that is about 5 x 6 feet.

Polish Madonna

Polish Madonna

I am now on my fifth painting and I am about to run out of white paint. I can never have enough white paint. I allowed myself to do one tree painting. It was a necessity for me. There are so many lovely old trees around this area.

Painting #3

Painting #3

Painting #2 is in limbo due to a possible gesso problem, and paintings 4 and 5 will be included in next week’s post.

I still have no names for any paintings, so feel free to offer suggestions.

4 thoughts on “Total Sensual Experience

  1. Sylvia Lippmann

    I love all your tree paintings. I think they’re often about relationships. My suggestions for a title would be “Attunement” or “Shared Secret.”

    (It occurs to me that my landscape paintings might improve if I attempt to capture more than just content – the scene before me. Something to think about.)

    My suggestion for a title for the beautiful doorway painting would be “Open Door” or “Spilled Light.”

    Just some thoughts!

    Can’t wait until you share more paintings next week.

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    1. Ann Hart Marquis Post author

      Thank you Sylvia,
      I think that most of my paintings are about relationships on some level. Some are very obvious, at least to me. I like the name Attunement and think that I will use it. I appreciate your suggestions and our relationship.

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  2. Dotty Seiter

    Ann, what a gift to see your new work! I love what I see, and keep poring over brush strokes, colors, and various techniques. What brush do you use to paint thin lines such as the branches in Attunement and in last week’s featured doorway painting? I either don’t own a brush that could do that OR I don’t know how to use the brushes I have to do so! Dotty

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    1. Ann Hart Marquis Post author

      Hi Dotty. Thank you for your comments. Regarding brushstrokes, I paint rather thickly which helps for the brush strokes to show. I have this great, cheap brush that is a pointed round and maybe a size 6. But most of the time I use the side of a 3/4 inch bright brush(like a flat, but with shorter bristles). I do a lot of painting using the side of the brush.Thanks for asking.

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