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Sensory Overload

August 4, 2011

View From Our Roof Top

As I have said before, there really isn’t a place quite like the south of France.

This picture is the view from the roof top of our little hotel, Hotel Dianna.  The St. Jeannet peaks can be seen rising above the valley floor that holds in it’s arms the lovely little winery of the same name.

The days are so hot that mist surrounds any land of even the most modest elevation and the Mediterranean Sea appears to be steaming as it is baked by the sun.  From our little roof top we can see  the walled Roman village of Vence and beyond that the Sea.  This is the most perfect place for a painting trip, for soooooo many reasons.

The lovely thing about a painting trip is that you are immersed in a community, experiencing first hand the art, food and culture of the area in which you do your work.  And, to top it all off, you get to hang out with other artists.  What could be better than that.  For a couple of hundred years or more,  France has lured painters to hang out together and to paint their experience.

Wine Curing - St. Jeannet Winery

The thing about the south is that although you may be surrounded by  millions of people and almost as many cars, you do not get the sense that the “locals” are in a rush, stressed, have deadlines or are over-worked.  If they are, they are not about to show that side of their lives.  As soon as you land on the ground you are pulled into their life style…. a life style full of music, good food and wine, friendship and yes, art.  Art is everywhere!!  You cannot walk 10 meters without experiencing a piece of art.  You’ll either be walking on it, sitting on it, eating it, drinking it, wearing it or just plain looking at it.  The only rush you will be experiencing is the rush to paint as many of the things you are experiencing as possible before you have to leave…..your senses are in overload.

There is sculpture






Having a camera to record ones experiences is marvelous.  It helps to jog the memory and gives plenty of material to work from once back in your own studio.  However, nothing is quite like painting right there… on the spot.

For all of you would-be travellers, make your next stop the south of France.  You will not be disappointed.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 9, 2011 2:17 am

    Hi Carolyn,

    Are you traveling with Sunny? Is Susan Blackwood teaching? Sounds like you are having a ball, and of course that roof top view looks oh so famaliar. Have fun, of course I know you will. We had perfect Provence weather in June, but sounds like you have hit the hot weather, hope it coos back to perfect for you.

    Hugs, Sandy

    • August 9, 2011 2:56 pm

      Already been Sandy. Susan was teaching. We had the most marvelous time…fantastic weather and I got 7 paintings completed. Three more that I am still working on. Most productive trip yet. Most of us were pretty focused this time.
      Have a great day!

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