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.
I have a passion for painting which I have been able to develop these past few years when I have finally become old enough and wise enough to stop doing what I was told and start doing what I truly wanted to do. I heartily recommend it.