16.5cms x 24cms
With a day ahead of us in Corsica, we wandered out of our little hotel after breakfast, crossed the road and settled down on the beach for the day; beautiful light, but quite chilly, so it was perfect for me to paint a couple of little watercolours until it would warm up enough for swimming.
16.5cms x 24cms
We had a surprise invitation last week, to go to Corsica for two nights and we jumped at the opportunity, never having been there before.
The ferry journey from Livorno to Bastia is normally four hours, but we hit terrifyingly wild seas which had everyone around us violently ill (we were okay, thank goodness), with the sea spray coming in through the ceiling like pouring rain and this all made for an extra long journey of another four hours. On arrival we had to wait another 30mins or so, to get into the port, then yet again another 30mins because the ferry door had been so damaged by the immense waves that it wouldn’t open. We were just exhausted when we got there, had a lovely dinner in the Porto Vecchio of Bastia and then drove off to our booked hotel in the dark, where we slept like logs.
In the morning, we woke up to a fabulous day and the sea! There was a gorgeous beach just on the doorstep and we relaxed there all day, although towards midday, the wind picked up again and clouds scudded across the hills. I managed to paint this watercolour just in time to walk down the beach to a wonderful lunch of “moules”with our friends.
Not a small painting at 90cms x 90 cms, but I have felt like doing some large works instead of the small paintings and this is the first canvas I have managed to finish out of a series of paintings I am working on here in Tuscany. There is a beautiful old terrace garden with lemon trees in antique terracotta pots here in our village and I have been wanting to paint here for quite some time. This summer seemed to be the right moment.