Sunday, May 28, 2017

No. 791 Ville Le Reve - Morning

Ville Le Reve - Morning
Oil on Canvas
7" x 5"

A lovely morning out on front of Matisse's studio.

Beginning stage of painting.

A palette extension my clever husband built for my smallest pochade box.

Works great, honey! Thanks so much!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

No. 790 Saturday Laundry

Saturday Laundry
Oil on linen
6" x 8" ish

I spent the morning painting in one of the very charming little side streets of Vence. It's a rough little painting. I need a lot more practice painting medieval French side streets. I did enjoy quietly observing the flow of a Saturday morning in Vence. It seems to be a popular day for doing laundry and practicing the flute. This duvet hanging out the window really caught my eye.

The next few photos are from a market in Antibes

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

No. 789 Matisse's Studio

Matisse's Studio
Oil on canvas
7" x 5"

I painted this today sitting in the garden at Ville Le Reve. This is where we spend our time during the art retreat when we are not out visiting art museums. I keep having "Enchanted April" moments here. Hopefully you are familiar with the movie. It's one of my all time favorites. I think it's the beautiful light and birdsong that makes me feel that way.

Check out the beautiful light in the kitchen this evening.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

No. 788 Tulips with Red Scarf

Tulips with Red Scarf
Oil on canvas board
7" x 5"

Oh my! If you ever get the chance to visit Nice, go for it!

I was more than a little excited to make it to my petit jolie studio in Venice.

 The beach in Nice.
The color of the water is simply unbelievable.

 Relaxing on the promenade with my feet up, admiring my cute new tennis shoes.

What you will need to use on your blisters after walking around Nice all day in cute new tennis shoes. Thanks to my sister Renee for finding this for me. It works great!

Friday, May 19, 2017

No. 787 And We're Off!

Cherry Blossoms with Green and Blue
Oil on Gessobord

Sorry I didn't give more warning but we are currently in the Amsterdam airport waiting for the last leg of our flight to Nice. A big thank you to my brother Nathan for dropping me off at the Vancouver airport yesterday. The first leg was nine hours. Lots of great movies to choose from on the KLM flight made the length more bearable. I highly recommend "Hidden Figures". Now I really need a nap! Not until I get on the plane though....

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

No. 785 Sunny day with the Tulips 2

Sunny Day with the Tulips 2
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"

That beautiful day in the tulip fields, we were there ALL day. This was painted in the lovely evening light. The group that evening grew by two dedicated students coming up and painting after work.
Yes, that's dedication!

Connie and Carol arrive!

Connie getting started

Carol laying on some nice thick paint.

Diana hung in there all day long!

Until next year tulip fields!

Monday, May 8, 2017

No. 784 Blue Jar with Tulips

Blue Jar with Tulips
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"

I hope you like tulips because I have a whole lot of tulips coming down the pike....

Friday, May 5, 2017

No. 783 Sunny Day with the Tulips

Sunny Day with the Tulips
Plein Air
Oil on Canvas Board
7" x 5"

We had one day, that I'm aware of, with sun from morning to dusk on the tulip fields and we were there to paint it. It was an amazing if exhausting day.

Friends Maggie, Diana and Karen out painting with me in the morning.

This lovely lady kindly let me take her photo.
The color of her saree was a perfect match with the tulips.

One painting down!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

No. 782 Solo Mio

Solo Mio
Oil on Canvas
5" x 7"

A demo from class using what we have fondly come to call the "Dreama Method".