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Mt. Ventoux - viewed from Roussillon

Provence – Roussillon

We continued our day with Marlene from Experience Provence in Roussillon. It’s listed as one of the most beautiful villages of France, and is located in a large ochre deposit.  This palette of rich earthy colors make for gorgeous street and cliff scenes, which contrast the deep green pines and the blue skies.

My first sketch attempted to capture the view of the village rooflines. It was done quickly, omitting most of the details.

View of Roussillon

View of Roussillon

Another view of the landscape includes Mt. Ventoux, over 40 miles away.  You can get a little idea of the rich ochre earth between the deep green pines.

Mt. Ventoux - viewed from Roussillon

Mt. Ventoux – viewed from Roussillon

A house in Roussillon

A house in Roussillon

I wasn’t about to leave without a souvenir of these wonderful earth colors, so I bought some pigments, and will play with them later!

Pigments from Roussillon

Pigments from Roussillon

 

View of Les Baux 1

Provence – Les Baux and the site of Glanum

Had a wonderful sunny day in October exploring Provence with Marlene from ExperienceProvence.  My top choices to visit, which I had visited years ago were the ancient village of Les Baux, and Saint Rémy de Provence.  Marlene was very accommodating, stopping often for us to take photos or sit and sketch.

Views of Les Baux, sketched on site.

View of Les Baux 1

View of Les Baux 1

View of Les Baux 2

View of Les Baux 2

The ancient site of Glanum, these were also sketched on site, with color added at home.

Glanum 1

Glanum 1

Glanum 2

Glanum 2

Statue of Niobe in the Jardin d’Eté

Visiting Arles

Here are a few sketches from a trip to the south of France last October.  This was a one day excursion to Arles, where we were lucky to enjoy decent fall weather!

Les Portes de la Cavalerie (Cavalry gates)

Les Portes de la Cavalerie (Cavalry gates)

Roman amphitheater

Roman amphitheater from first century, had room for 26,000 spectators!

Lady in the window

Lady in the window – near Café Van Gogh, I was snapping away, and didn’t notice this lady until later, looking at my photos!

Statue of Niobe in the Jardin d’Eté

At Jardin d’Eté, here is a statue of Niobe, from Greek mythology, she is weeping for her children.

Society6 sample

Something new

Hi all!

So, okay, the book signing was cancelled, and that was a disappointment.  Not to worry, I’m working on a rescheduled time and location!  And, best of all it will be we’ll  ahead of Christmas!  But in the meantime – I’ve got something new to show you, and I think you’re going to like it!

I just finished uploading some (not all) of my art to Society6, and there’s lots of different ways you can enjoy my art!  Here’s a small sample of what’s available so far.  Let me know if you’re looking for a specific sketch or painting you’d like to see added.    Society6 sample

Bernadette at B&N

Meet the author/artist at a book signing!

UPDATE:  Unfortunately, this had to be cancelled.  But I’m happy to let you know a rescheduled signing is coming soon!!!

So excited to have an actual book signing at our local Barnes & Noble bookstore this Friday, November 30 from 2-5 pm!  Please stop by and say hi!

Bernadette at B&N

Me with the poster for my signing!

About the book- I made a custom one for my granddaughter, and posted a video of it.  It got so many nice comments, I decided to recreate it.  The published book consists of 24 full color pages of animals seen on my trip to Zambia, 8.5”x8.5”, and is available on Amazon.  I will have a limited quantity available for sale at the signing this week.Book If you went on a Safari Cover

Book If you went on a Safari Sample

 

I’ll also have a few 2019 calendars available. ($12 each) The same format as past years, 8.5×11, spiral bound at the top, with each one individually wrapped for easy gift giving, using my art inspired by Zambia combined with new quotes.  Calendar 2019

Calendar 2019

And I am also selling a new perpetual calendar, 5.5×11, spiral bound at the top, with each one individually wrapped for easy gift giving, using the same art and quotes as the 2019 calendar. ($12 each)   Keep this one and refer to it for years to come for important birthdays and other dates.  Calendar perpetual

Calendar perpetual

Finally, if you’re looking for more of my art, some are originals, some are prints, and they’re available here on my Etsy page!

At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

Catching up!

First, a quick reminder – if you’re looking for gift ideas, please consider a calendar or children’s book – details here.  You can also shop on my Etsy page here.

I had a marvelous trip to the south of France! It was basically two parts – first, a stay in Avignon, with a few side trips, then on to Sisteron, where I stayed at Mas du Figuier with 7 other artist hikers.

The second week I took part in a Trek & Sketch, where we were tutored in sketching by Vincent Desplanche and led on our hikes by François Levrault.

So first, I will share my progression of quick people sketches, Vincent is very good at capturing people, even as they run by in the rain!  I’m not sure there was any improvement in my work over the two weeks, but it sure was fun trying!

At Newark airport, waiting for dinner

Oct 22 – At Newark airport, waiting for dinner

Waiting at Newark airport

Waiting at Newark airport

Croissant and coffee

Oct 23 – My first sketch in France, at CDG station, waiting for my train.

At CDG station, waiting for the train

At CDG station, waiting for the train

At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

Oct 29 – At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

Oct 31 - At a café in Sisteron, after a wet hike

Oct 31 – At a café in Sisteron, after a wet hike

Oct 31 - At a café in Sisteron, after a wet hike

Oct 31 – At a café in Sisteron, after a wet hike.

Nov 1 - practicing people at Aix-en-Provence train station

Nov 1 – practicing people at Aix-en-Provence train station

Nov 1 - practicing people at Aix-en-Provence train station

Nov 1 – practicing people at Aix-en-Provence train station

Map of France with insets

à bientôt, France!

It means ‘see you soon’!  I’ve found a Hike and Sketch trip in the mountains in the south of France.  It’s only four nights, so I’ve extended the visit to include Avignon, with side trips to Aix-en-Provence, as well as a few other beautiful villages I saw back in the 1990s.

Here’s hoping you can understand my map insets! Map of France with insets

Thank you for subscribing to my updates, and I hope you’ll follow along on this new adventure!

Calendar 2019

Looking for gift ideas? How about a calendar or a children’s book?

You’re in the right place! I now have three new items for sale.  These were all inspired by my recent trip to Zambia. A 2019 calendar, a perpetual calendar, and my first attempt at an illustrated children’s book!

First, the book- I made a custom one for my granddaughter, and posted a video of it.  It got so many nice comments, I decided to recreate it.  The book consists of 24 full color pages of animals seen in Zambia, 8.5”x8.5”, and is available on Amazon.  I do have a limited quantity of advance copies available for sale at $10.00 each.Book If you went on a Safari Cover

Book If you went on a Safari Sample

 

Second, a 2019 calendar. ($12 each) The same format as past years, 8.5×11, spiral bound at the top, with each one individually wrapped for easy gift giving, using my art inspired by Zambia combined with new quotes.  Calendar 2019

Calendar 2019

Finally, a new perpetual calendar, 5.5×11, spiral bound at the top, with each one individually wrapped for easy gift giving, using the same art and quotes as the 2019 calendar. ($12 each)   Keep this one and refer to it for years to come for important birthdays and other dates.  Calendar perpetual

Calendar perpetual

Note: Prices do not include shipping. Please email me here for total cost.

Finally, if you’re looking for more of my art, some are originals, some are prints, and they’re available here on my Etsy page!