The famous Mistral winds of Provence has followed us to the east as we explore and paint plein air in the little town of Roussillon. Roussillon is known for its colorful buildings of reds, ocres, and yellows mined from the nearby rocks. It is also designated as on of France’s Plus Beaux Village de France! The Mistral has pushed away all the rain and the clouds so that we have a beautiful, sparkling day to paint, if you can stand the gusty wind. Several of us walk to the outskirts of town to paint the village while others paint in the cute, colorful streets of the village.
|I learn that the bell tower of a lot of the hilltop villages are open to allow the mistral to pass through.|
|Colorful red buildings are found throughout the town.|
|Great view of the town|
|Barbara and Liz find a sunny spot to paint.|
|JoAnn shows her beautiful painting in progress.|
|Ice cream shops are plentiful!|
|I buy this little ceramic chicken made from the nearby colorful clay.|
|I visit my favorite store that sells pure pigment in little jars.|
|More colors of pigment.|
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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|
|Painting in a vineyard with an beautiful backdrop|
|First thing – Coffee!|
Our first stop was Gordes where we found a wonderful place to stop to take photos.
Gordes is a very beautiful old village, perched on the southern edge of the high Plateau de Vaucluse. The stone buildings built in tight against the base of the cliffs and those perched on the rocks above, including the 12th-century castle, are made of an beige stone that glows orange in the morning sun. The view from the village is a southern panorama out across fields and forests and small perched villages to the Montagne du Luberon.
|We stop here to take photos of Gordes, one of France’s most beautiful village|
We arrive at Roussillon, famous for it’s red ochre with its red rocks, red stone buildings and red tile roofs. We spent several hours here painting.
|Mary Ann, Kendra, Sharon, Helen and myself with Roussillon in the background|
|I can not resist a “boule” of lavender ice cream!|
It is fun to see all the colorful baskets. Everything here has a glow of red that bounces off the stone walls. I feel like I could spend 100 days here painting!
|The View from our painting spot under the wisteria at the Hotel du Soleil|
|Helen’s water reflections|
|Sharon painted this in less than an hour! What a colorful spontaneous feel to this field of poppies.|
First day of our workshop! The sun is shining and we walk to the Place Favier in St. Remy de Provence to paint on-site. It is a lovely town square with dappled light and the fountain is trickling and sure enough the town drunk is here too. He has stationed himself at his favorite park bench and his bottle of rose wine is more than half gone and it is 10:00 a.m. He was here 1 1/2 years ago when I brought my other group to paint and so I warn my students that it is best to stay away from him because the little bit of English that he can utter is not very pleasant. We, though, pass a very pleasant morning working on our paintings-on-the-go. I had the students put a watercolor wash on their sketchbook page prior to venturing out, so that we were ready to sketch on top of that on location.