16 June 2011

Market Day

So good that the markets still have that vibrancy and hustle and bustle, and people watching is so much more entertaining! There is an older lady in St Junien market who's there every week with a small table selling a few bits of her own produce, just torn bits of paper as price labels; a man selling rabbits beside his stall out of a cardboard box, the rabbits are loose but his old labrador does an excellent job of keeping them in order.

'Market Day' oil, 5"x7". SOLD

Next to the studio I have had a balcony built which looks out over the garden and lane which this lady walks her cows along on their way to the fields in the morning and back again in the evening, I love it.

14 June 2011

Buttercups in 5 Acres

'Buttercups in 5 Acres'. Oil. 5"x7". Purchase details click here

This painting is made from a one of our favourite places to wander back in Sibford, the field has been planted with a wide variety of trees and shrubs and enjoys a stunning view over the valley between the Sibfords. There is also a good collection of wild flowers growing including Snakeshead Fratilleries, Irises, and many others including of course Buttercups (although it might be hard to stop them) But it has provided me with beautiful subject matter over the past few years. 

12 June 2011

Back to France

So now we're back in France, I'm sorry for the long absence, over a month away...far too long!  But the exhibition in Sibford was a great success, slow to get going but in the end I was very pleased with the result. I even managed to finish 4 commissions while sitting there. So Jemima and I can continue to live the decadent life we have become accustomed to here in Petit Meynieux!

We noticed nothing much had changed, although the veg patch was full and had produced some lovely veggies thanks to Steffan over the road who I'd asked to splash some water about during hot weather, he must have done a good job, I have too many so will offer some to the neighbours, and along our morning walks there are several cherry trees just randomly growing on the side of the lane so I gather as many as I can carry to put with my cereal, not many make it home.

Yesterday Jemina had a special treat, we met up with Joy Ward who runs a dog training school nearby and is dog sitting 4 dogs plus her own. We arranged to meet up by the lake at Rochechouart and wander through the woodland behind it.  When Joy opened up the back of her van 5 dogs of all shapes and sizes came leaping out towards us, Jemima didn't know what to do, to wag her tail or scarper. She stood her ground and allowed herself to be checked out by each one before they all wandered off happily towards the woods. It was really good to see her with so many other dogs and to see how they all behaved with each other, I felt a little sorry for her when they all had to climb back van again, maybe I should get a friend for her??

Finally I managed to get some work done and this from an image back in Sibford, there seemed to be so many of the large oriental poppies around this year, fortunately they hung around for a while and weren't blown away this time.

'Summer Cottage' Oil on Board. 7"x5" £99. to purchase click here


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