Monday, May 9, 2011

Exploring St. Remy

Students are starting to arrive in St. Remy de Provence.  The weather is beautiful, sunny and warm with a slight breeze - perfect for painting plein aire.  Helen has never been to St. Remy de Provence so we walk around the town.  The ancient village is surrounded by an old Roman wall.  We find a fountain dedicated to Nostradamus, born here and credited with predicting numerous events in world history, from the Great Fire of London, the rise of Napoleon of France and Adolf Hitler, to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.  
Walking around the old town we end up at La Place du Favier - this will be one of our painting site.
Janviere, Mary Ann and Sharon exploring La Place Favier, St. Remy de Provence






Janviere finishes her beautiful poppy painting!
 We enjoy a pleasant afternoon painting at our peaceful Hotel du Soleil.  We have the whole place to ourselves! 
Kendra and I show our paintings

Sunlit wall in St. Remy

Here is my journal painting of the sunlit wall in St. Remy


After everyone has arrived we have a scrumptious sunset dinner on the terrace: pate, carrot salad, tabouli, an array of French cheeses, saucisson and of course French bread and Cote du Rhone wine.  We have the most spectacular apple tart for dessert!  The perfect sweet for a fabulous day!
Oh and I almost forgot, but here is a close up photo of my petite palette used for painting-on-the-go that Laure asked to see!

8 comments:

Laure Ferlita said...

Woohoo! Looks like the fun is just getting started! Love the sunlit artwork of St. Remy!

Thanks for the photo of the palette!!

Moey said...

Everyone looks so happy!! I loved seeing the picture of the sunlit wall and your journal painting of it right next to each other. Tell us more about your experience of French culture!

patricia said...

what a wonderful way to visit Provence-vicariously through your blog. Would love to see some paintings of the wonderful food there! Yes, flowers are nice too....

patricia said...

what a wonderful way to vicariously visit Provence, thanks for these posts! Would love to see more paintings of the food! Flowers are nice too....

Sydney said...

Love it - looks so wonderful!! Thanks for sharing your adventure!

Jacqueline said...

Hi Laure, Moey, Patricia & Sydney! Wish you were here with us enjoying the beautiful sunshine and warmth!

Jacqueline said...

Sydney, tell me where you are going to be on your painting trip to France. I hope you will be enjoying Provence too.

RosieVanderhoeven said...

Loving your posts and the photos! Thank you so much!! So inspiring. Thankfully Bend has started to come alive with color - tulips & daffodils around town are more abundant this yr than I've ever seen! (Attempts to consol myself pathetically transparent, I know).