|Sunset, nr. Arles 21 x 28 Oil/Linen
Barry has a show at Ventana Fine Art this coming Friday, 14th October, 5 – 7 pm. Please go if you can! When he came over to visit me in the summer, he nipped over to France to stay with our friend Michael in Avignon and they went out painting together. He also went to visit one of his favourite painters….
9 x 16 Oil/Linen
I have painted this scene before, albeit with a difference. I took the reference photograph a number of years ago in France. We were staying with a friend in the Vendee region and I woke up early and the whole countryside was covered in mist with the sun just breaking through. It was glorious.
Mist in the Tweed River Valley
10 x 12 Oil/Panel
Here is another Scottish painting. Last time I was there, (which was actually 2008 because I wasn’t able to go in 09 because my Dad (Mr. Miracle!) was so ill), I drove over to my favourite valley and I couldn’t see a thing because it was completely shrouded in mist! It was as if I was in an aeroplane high above the clouds looking down! Luckily it started to clear and this was the inspiration for the painting I am submitting to the Albuquerque Museum Miniature show.
Early Morning below Gordes ii
10 x 12 Oil/Panel
The third submission for the Museum show is the above painting.
Three years ago Barry and I went with a few friends to a place called Fontblanche in the valley below Gordes, France. We arrived in the middle of the night owing to a few logistical hiccups and as we walked into the beautiful old french farmhouse, we thought we had arrived in heaven. None of us wanted to go to sleep and we all sat there on the balcony watching the twinkling lights of the valley in the distance, drinking the wine the owners had kindly left us. Finally we succumbed to sleep because some of us had just flown over from the States. In the morning we awoke to such a glorious view, all sparkly and fresh and we couldn’t wait to get out there, coffee and croissants in hand to explore and get our paint boxes out. We all long to return and hopefully one day Barry and I will take a workshop there, because I can assure you it is one of the most glorious places on this earth!
On another note, (I should be packing!!) Loriann Signori has just posted a really lovely piece about me on her blog… I am somewhat embarrassed by the attention, but honoured too! Here is a link to her blog. Thank you Loriann for your kind words!