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Holiday in France, A Journey in Watercolours

Hi Everybody

We have just spent a lovely few weeks in France, both in Provence and the Lot et Garonne, and a lot of places in between!

Very hot weather and lovely times with friends and family , at the pool, on the beaches, in the mountains, and visiting some beautiful places as we travelled around.

Now back I can get down to creating a blog of the paintings I managed to fit in during our travels, and I hope you will enjoy looking at them. In such hot weather watercolour paintings becomes a bit tricky and speed is really necessary if the paint is not to dry out too quickly. Of course many photos have yet to make it to watercolours but over the next few months I should be able to produce some more!

The Lot and Garonne is a quiet part of France in the South West, not far from Bordeaux in the Aquitaine region. It has many lovely small towns and villages and wonderful rolling countryside covered in farms and homes. It is popular as a holiday home , or permanent home for many UK people who enjoy the relaxed life style of the region.

In the past we have visited this area quite few times and this time  we once again stayed with some good friends who live there all the time.

I have included a painting in this blog from previous visits to give you flavour of the towns and villages.

Of course our first stop was at our usual haunt on the Cote d’Azur where the temperatures were really high. I managed a few paintings whilst there and these are some of them.

Evening in Haut provence

Evening in Haut Provence. Watercolour 14 inches by 10.

A Yacht approaching St Tropez. Watercolour 14 inches by 10.

A Yacht approaching St Tropez. Watercolour 14 inches by 10.

Yachta racing at St Tropez

Yachts racing at St Tropez. Watercolour 14 inches by 10.

And so to the Lot et Garonne

Quite near where we were staying is the market town of Villeneuve sur Lot.

It has a good position at the river and this watercolour shows the view back towards the town.

Villeneuve sur Lot

Villeneuve sur Lot

Only a few kilometres from Villeneuve is the small village of Pujols en Haut. This is one of the prettiest villages in the region and maybe in all of France. A good place to browse,have coffee and admire the lovely Village. Pujols was sacked many centuries ago which apparently led to the creation of Villeneuve. 

 

Pujols

International banners flying in Pujols en Haut. Watercolour 14 by 10 inches.

One of the features of the towns in Lot et Garonne is that many are Bastide Towns. They often have a surrounding wall and are laid out in a regular pattern. One such town, and one well worth visiting, is Monpazier, this painting was done on a previous visit but it gives a flavour of the Town Square in the centre of Monpazier.

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The Square in Monpazier. Watercolour 12 by 9 inches.

After visiting Lot et Garonne we returned to Fayence in Provence for another great weekend with friends.

Fayence is a hill town and boasts many fine restaurants nearby. We really love “Temps de Cerise” and “La Table d’Yves” where the food served and the service are just great.

Enjoy your travels

Brian

Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste rises over Fayence in Provence

Fayence. Watercolour 9 inches by 7.

 

 

Sketches in The Dordogne and Tuscany

Hi Everybody
Thanks for following my posts, your comments are always most welcome.
 
We recently drove through France, visiting friends and eventually driving to Tuscany for few days.
In a few quiet moments I managed to paint some quick sketches of The Dordogne, Lot et Garonne and the area around San Gimignano in Tuscany.
We found a lovely Agriturismo to stay at, within sight of San Gimignano, call La Lucciolaia, which we would highly recommend if you are staying in that area.
I hope these will form the basis for more studio paintings later in the year, but in the meantime I hope you enjoy looking at them.
Tuscany is beautiful place for painting with blue skies,warm weather and lovely old towns and cities.
Enjoy your travels wherever you may be.
Brian
Beynac on The Dordogne river

Beynac on The Dordogne river

Castelnaud

Castelnaud on the banks of the Dordogne River

Evening at Dome from Vitrac

Evening at Dome from Vitrac
Recently a friend and very talented artist, Peter Robson, gave a workshop which included ideas for silhouette paintings. I have tried it here with the view of Dome in the Dordogne from our hotel. Thanks Peter!

Monpazier

Monpazier is a Bastide town in the Lot and Garonne region of France, well worth a visit.

San Gimignano (1)

A street in San Gimignano in Tuscany. San Gimignano is famous for its 14th century towers.

San Gimignano

The view of San Gimignano from La Lucciolaia Agriturismo, just 3 Kms away.

Sunflowers in Tuscany

Tuscan farm with sunflowers near Volterra

Tuscan field of poppies

A field of poppies in Tuscany

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