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Rural FranceThursday, October 01, 2009 by Steve Hill
Filed under: Travel

The painting here was done en plein air near Jegun, France, in the Gers region of southwest France, looking up at a chateau from just in front of a field of sunflowers. The spent russet flowers were all pointing characteristically east, but the backsides of the heads (facing me) still provided a color statement of fairly bright, warm golds & yellows, set against the earthier tones above.

Summer gives way to the fall harvest here, with busy vineyards, the last of tomatoes and many fresh farm products showing there own colors with the season. This is the most rural farm region in France, with hardy people who manage the land taking in harvests and celebrating “the good life”.

It is also the site where I am planning to teach another art workshop next September (2010), just prior to the scheduled painting workshop I will teach in Croatia in October of next year, as well.

Reader Comments

1. Thursday, October 01, 2009 @ 1:44:24 PM by Pinky Ridlon
This is something I would love to do again, If all goes as we plan maybe in the near future Butch will join me and I will take a workshop with you. Take care.
2. Thursday, October 01, 2009 @ 1:46:27 PM by Pinky Ridlon
I almost forgot to ask. Where did you get your unbrella in the photo above and how does it do in the wind?
3. Thursday, October 01, 2009 @ 4:11:34 PM by Andi
I love it- I can't wait to go there some day!!
4. Friday, October 02, 2009 @ 7:00:44 PM by Jim Bowra
Looks so wonderful. We are enjoying the paintings and prints that we bought Labor Day. Sure you don't need somebody to carry yor chaulk at your classes? Take care Jim
5. Thursday, October 08, 2009 @ 1:59:39 AM by Jen Evenhus
Hi Steve - this is marvelous! You just keep getting better and better! Love how you pull the negative areas over the forground...

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