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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.

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

Catching up!

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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

Going places

Following my wonderful travels last year, I got a little blue, thinking about an entire winter in the cold and snow. So I started making travel plans for this year!  Definitely lifted my spirits!

First I found a hiking club, with local “lite” hikes of 2-4 miles, that help keep me active.

Next, I planned a visit to Acadia Park in Maine.  It is a perfect place to enjoy the wilderness, without going too wild, or too far from civilization.  My rental is called The Bird Nest, and it’s away from the more popular areas, close to trails and close to local stores.

Another event I found is called Trek and Sketch, which includes my favorite pastimes, hiking and sketching, and, even better, it will be in the hills/ mountains in the south of France. Ahh, the perfect place to be, and a great way to enjoy it!

These will require an updating of my equipment, okay, maybe just an excuse to get some new stuff.  A new Osprey daypack comes with so many attachments that I may require assistance to make the best use of them!  Osprey backpack

And, for the very short hikes, an Eddie Bauer cross shoulder pack. Eddie Bauer shoulder bag

As I’m writing this, we are getting yet more snow, which I don’t mind, but…it will be much nicer when spring arrives.  I was excited about seeing a cardinal today, until I realized they don’t migrate, so he’s been here all winter. I need to see a robin!  Cardinal sketch