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Painting in Provence July 2017

Just back from a glorious 2 weeks painting in Provence – near Apt. Ten students, one tutor and delicious food and drink. I used a combination of gouache, watercolour, ink and pastel. I decided that I love pastels and must instantly invest in more colours. Unison in Northumberland seem to make the best…. To see…
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Post exhibition block?

Don’t seem to be able to paint since the exhibition – horrible feeling. Good news that one of my paintings – the one that was on the flier and which didn’t sell – has been accepted into a competition at the Marsden. I have to take it along next week. Now I have a couple…
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End of exhibition

I can’t believe that the exhibition which has taken up so much of my thought space for so long is finally over. It went really well – the Tabernacle is a great place to have  a show. Extremely friendly and nice staff – and a very good cafe and restaurant – so people coming to…
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New beginnings this September

September – always a positive if somewhat melancholy month for me – new beginnings and in my case this year a new website. With the old one I felt that the paintings were just an add on – with the new one I feel that they are integral to the site. Indeed the home page…
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Gale force winds

Having found out where the hermit nun lives, I get up very early and walk to her chapel in the woods. I rather assumed she’d be an early riser but I think I arrive too early as the chapel is still locked. I ring a bell and she comes out and lets me in. A…
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Thursday August 30th

In the morning we drive to Goult and I draw in the local cemetery which has amazing topiaried trees. We go back to the studio and do paintings from the drawings. After lunch I go for a walk in search of the hermit nun I have heard about. Evidently I don’t walk far enough …

Multi-coloured Trees of Joucas

We’re dropped off in Joucas and the theme for the morning is to paint the whole page simultaneously with a tapestry of colours. I start off with the church which appeals as it has a cypress tree each side of the main door – and at the moment I love drawing and painting cypress trees!…
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Painting Roussillon

Drive to a spot where we can see the red stone houses of Roussillon in the distance – but we are soon rained off so spend the rest of the morning painting in the studio. In the afternoon the rain stops so we go back to paint Roussillon.  

Painting in Saignon

Mark tells us that human sacrifices took place on the flat rock which I spend the morning painting – but another theory is that it was used as an observatory. We are encouraged to use a reduced palette with just one range of colours. In the afternoon we drive to a local forest with wonderful…
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Isle-sur-la Sorgue

In the morning get taken to the market in Isle-sur-la Sorgue. It’s a particularly vibrant market and as usual at a French market I am struck by the wonderful displays of vegetables. Why can’t we do the same here? In the afternoon we go out to a local chateau   with limited materials and draw with…
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