Saturday, May 21, 2011

Watercolor Painting In the Small Villages of Provence

Even though I have left the sunny, warm days of southern France and making my way home, I am still holding on to the essence of Provence.  I already miss the rich morning coffees, the happy faces of the students in the workshop, the lyrical "Bonjours", the scent of lavender in the air and the friendly smiles of all we meet.  Our last couple of days of the workshop were spent in some very off-the-beaten tourist paths and quiet painting sites.
 
This morning, instead of my brisk walk to St. Remy de Provence for a fresh baguette, I drove down a six lane highway in search of a good cup of coffee.  I am currently in Poughkeepsie, New York for a very special event.  My oldest daughter is graduating from Vassar College tomorrow and I have joined my family here to celebrate this joyous occasion.  It is always bittersweet to leave France!

Having fun exporing mixed media journaling

Painting in the quite hilltop village of Egalieres

Looking towards Les Alpilles

A friendly guy takes our photo and cleverly gets in it too

The cute Roman chapel, St. Sixte, built in the 12th Century

Very cozy French restaurant, La Pitchoune

Cheese!

Painting in a vineyard with an beautiful backdrop


3 comments:

Laure Ferlita said...

Wow, I hate to see this come to an end as well! It looks like you had way too much fun.

Thanks for sharing your trip with us so we could all visit vicariously!

freebird said...

I guess getting to your daughters graduation helped ease the pain of leaving France! Thanks for sharing the trip with those of us who couldn't go! And congrats on your daughter graduating college.

Jacqueline said...

Laure, I am sad to see it end too! Thank you Freebird. It will be nice to be with my family again.