Happy New Year! – A week in Provence and the Cote d’Azur
Happy New Year everybody.
This year we spent New Year and the week around it at Mandelieu on the Cote d’Azur.
Although cold at night the days were warm in the sun and the delight at being to eat lunch outside, or even at restaurants on the beach in January is great.
I had set a goal of painting a watercolour every day but didn’t quite manage that but here are the five that I did complete in the week.
We didn’t visit all these places and some scenes are from photos, the web and our previous travels but some are the scenes just as they were last week.
Firstly two paintings of lavender fields in Provence.
One of the most striking things about the area around Mandelieu and Tanneron are the hillsides that are covered in early spring by Mimosa trees in bloom. The fantastic bright yellow flowers are such a great sight so early in the year. Last week around Tanneron especially there were many trees in bloom.
This painting with lots of artistic licence tries to depict a village in the hills with the Mimosa trees in flower.
The road from Cannes to St Raphael is one of the great coastal routes of the World. Do drive along it if you get the chance. With such nice lunchtime weather eating our lunch outside at Agay and Theoule was great fun. At Theoule we sat right by the waters edge at the Marco Polo Restaurant enjoying fresh Turbot in the sunshine.
This was the view of the Ice de St Honorat, (albeit a little bit enlarged!)
Quite nearby is the town of Vence, often famous for its sister town St Paul de Vence. However over the past few years much work has been done to the centre of the Old Town of Vence and it is now a lovely place for a stroll. There is a fine , but small Cathedral and quite a few restaurants and cafes to enjoy too.
This painting is of the a square in the Old Town which I hope you will enjoy.
It was a great week in the area and so nice to enjoy some winter sunshine, excellent restaurant food, great wines and good company.
All the best for 2017
PS. Some of these watercolours will be soon be for sale on http://www.Artfinder.com. (search for brianswatercolours)
Posted on January 7, 2017, in France, Landscape, Paintings from our travels, Provence, The Cote d'Azur, Villages in France, Watercolours and tagged Esterel, France, Paintings from our travels, Seascapes, watercolors, Watercolours. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
Oh my, these are ALL very nice. At first I thought the top one was my favorite, then maybe the last one, but in the end I find the middle one utterly charming. It’s somewhat a departure from your usual style, so maybe that’s why it stands out to me. I love it – once again, I enjoyed seeing these places through your eyes!
Many thanks again for your very nice comments, and your calendar idea. I have been thinking about some things and I am awaiting delivery of hard back copy of my Côte d’Azur travel guide which anyone can buy very cheaply on line. I hope the trial quality is okay.The site Peecho is easier for me than Blurb as it uses PDF files.
I hope your 2016 travels went well. All the best for 2017