Painted on location in Southern France. 300gsm A3 size.
The 2 line drawings I showed the other day were the working drawings I did from the doorway of the Summer Kitchen. In the end I decided on the old iron bed with the 2 periwinkle blue doors behind. My heart just soars when I see this perfect little French setting, the sun high and hot in a clear blue sky and happy chirps breaking the silence. So i have finally painted it. Perhaps I didn’t think I could capture it as I see it before. But I may have now.
Turning to face the other way, and in the shade under the old wisteria vines, was another perfect view. The roses. They are glorious. Steve says roses are the hardiest plant growing. They seem to survive the very cold winters and even when you think they’ve had it, new shoots appear in the spring. I wasn’t sure painting roses and a wall would be interesting enough, but with the pebble path leading around the corner and the old concrete tub and other details, I thought it was worth a try and now I’m quite pleased.
The best part is that I painted these while being there. I have just recently arrived back in Australia after a most rewarding few weeks of travelling and painting. I feel very happy.