Painting in Provence

I had a glorious week in the Luberon, Provence, staying with friends at the end of June who have a house near Gordes … heaven to have a week of irresponsibilty with no shopping or cooking to do 🙂

There were wonderful things to do like visit Orange and climb up to a very ancient fort, but there was still a bit of time for my sketchbook and small oil paintings. There was a lavender field just by the house and I found various ways of painting there; it was great to have a subject at hand while there were obligations to explore with my husband which I certainly didn’t want to miss out on!

Cypress, lavender

Cypress trees and lavender

I wasn’t overly impressed by the scenery circling the house, but I really did enjoy making some paintings around about this old lavender field and the cypress trees.

Clouds & lavender

Lavender and clouds

Funny really, since I was disappointed that it was coolish and cloudy for some of the days we were there, however it was certainly much more interesting with clouds. I had found this view a bit dull with a plain blue sky!

Fontaine de Vaucluse

La Fontaine de Vaucluse

The “Fontaine de Vaucluse” is just extraordinary with its gushing clear waters speeding over the bright green weed underneath, to set the hammers working in the paper mill that is still in action there. The tourism is immense, obviously, but there are still places of quiet and wonderful shade to hide in on a hot day.