Thursday, August 31, 2006

Colours of Provence



I can see straight away why the likes of Matisse, Chagall and Picasso (to name but three) hung out in this region....the colours of the surrounding countryside, and the clarity of the light gives the place an almost magical feel.

I'm going to share with you some photos taken on one sunny day on a walk from the villa through the woods and hills to the nearby village of Colle-sue-Loup. Thank goodness for my trusty camera....everywhere I looked there was inspiration for a painting and something to wonder at. I think that the photos speak pretty much for themselves, but I will explain a few as we go along..................


Everywhere you looked you were surrounded by olive greens, soft browns, honey stones dotted about with lush red berries, gentle pink blossoms and set against an azure blue sky.



I am fascinated by colour. It can change your mood or the feel of your surroundings, and being in a place like this made me want to wrap it up around me forever. So peaceful.

I'm not one for normally taking photos of doors....but I had to share these. I can't get over the blue...

....or the green.....


...or the pinks for that matter.....

....and who wouldn't want to spend time here?


I have fallen in love with Yves Klein blue. He spent a lifetime perfecting and I could gaze at it for hours. I'll show you some soon.











3 comments:

Spiderman said...

Glad you took your camera with you Sue, the photos are a welcome taste of Summer and an inspiration to us all. Looking forward to enjoying the rest of the trip through your blog :-)

SueC said...

Thats very kind of you Spiderman. I don't know where I'd be without that Rebel XT...it goes with me most places. It wasn't all abut photos though...one day we were fortunate to have a nude life model come pose for us too. If you're very good I might even post some examples of my efforts.

Spiderman said...

If Carlsberg organised artists retreats could they do any better?? Fine wines, food, company, surroundings and a wee bit of still life thrown in for good measure! Paints, pastels or line drawing? It's good to push the boundaries of your talents every once in a while - i will try and be good for you :-)