Just remembering all the wonderful meals in the cafes, the wine, the characters we met. The great food, often simple yet delicious. The sunny days filled with rolling hills and lavender fields. Hardly ever saw a gas station, or market, or 7-11 or CVS, and the one McDonalds our cab driver took us to (in desperation, we were starving!) was spotless, modern with touch screen kiosk for ordering in the center and featured expresso, salads made to order with goat cheese and olives, a pastry section, in fact it was hard to find a hamburger! The carafes of rose wine at dinner, a cold beer at lunch with a simple salad. We didn't gain weight, though we lost weight- or at least I did, from all the walking. Great memories. will continue as I paint. Two done , many to go......
Loving Provence! A dream trip, painting with my roomie from Rhode Island School of Design, Lynne Finlay Klein, sketching, eating, drinking and just having a good time. The weather was beautiful, sunny warm days, stays light until 10:30, eating in cafes, rose wine, fish terrine, capers, baguettes, creme brulee, no rush- no checks unless you ask, sit all day and relax, people watch, sketch, finish the watercolor at night at home, great hotels, comfy beds ;), friendly people, sketchy internet connections, practicing my French and Spanish sprinkled in, lavender in bloom, sunflower fields in bloom, can't wait to paint everything I saw. Could paint France for the next year. Good thing we had GPS on Lynne's iphone cause it got us around in our little stick shift car but we also both have good sense of direction- Lynne's is better, high speed trains, French countryside whizzing by. Feeling art and artists all around. The ghosts and angels of Van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso, and all the guys and gal artists who exchanged their art for room and board at the lengendary Colombe D"Or in St Paul de Vence. My goodness! That dining room and hallways are better than any art museum, art worth a fortune and best pieces, Calder up the yin yang, and everyone else. Need I say more? Maybe soon............but need to paint. Stay tuned for new work!
ps.ABOVE: Lemons and oranges still life at my hotel (outside of Nice).