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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Morning in Provence


The soft glow of morning light is the subject of Morning in Provence.  I had always heard the light in Provence was different from anywhere else and wondered if it was just hype.  Well after visiting Provence I found out it really was true. There is something very dreamy in the atmosphere.  The morning light is very soft, filled with lovely pastels.  Sunsets are clear and dramatic.  I have seen some amazing sunsets in Arizona where the colors just fill the sky like fire, but the mornings are not the same.  I suspect the air is much cleaner in Provence, but there must also be just the right touch of humidity in the air because it is just wonderful.  No wonder so many artists have gravitated to Provence.


Morning in Provence
watercolor
14.5" X 22" image
20" X 28" brushed silver frame
$900 framed/ $695 unframed

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I enjoyed Provence in 2004 when I attended a Plein Air workshop held by Tony van Hasselt.  My plein air work generally never sees the light of day once I come inside, but the photographs I take continue to inspire me.  They never look quite as I remember, so I get to apply my artist's view and bring back my memory.  That was my goal in Morning in Provence.

I did paint this location one morning while in Provence.  I went out early to catch the light before meeting up with the group for the day's demo and painting time.   At the afternoon critique I brought this painting and whatever else I had done that day.  I had gone with big bold oranges.  I remember Tony trying to be very polite about its boldness.  That painting sits in my studio and has been calling my name recently telling me to give it another try.  I liked the interesting angles in the old Roman town of Vaisson la Romaine with its stone houses, narrow cobblestone streets, and lavender colored shutters. It is a dreamy spot and one I'd always hoped to share.   Morning in Provence is the result of my second attempt at sharing this spot.  I am delighted with the result and hope Tony will be proud, too.  By the way, he is headed back to Provence this year for his eighth workshop.  

April's other paintings of Europe include:


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