Saturday 27. 02. 10 I have been working on and off on George and Winter Landscape this week. It has been quite damp so everything seems to take so long to dry. I finally went into Dalbe today and have bought a drier to mix with the linseed oil which should speed things up in the future as I really like using linseed glazes. George is nearly finished but I still have some work to do on the other one. I’m hoping to start a new series next week based on the ubiquitous white vans which are so much a part of the landscape around here.
Archive for February, 2010
Wednesday 17. 02. 10 Another rainy day so went to the market this morning and then coffee with Laurene, George and Carol at Les Negociants. This afternoon went with a group from the Accueil to the Musée Fleury at Lodève to see an exhibition of the works of Vincent Bioulès a painter from Montpellier. Superb expo and very inspiring. I can’t wait to get back into the studio tomorrow afternoon.
Tuesday 16. 02. 10 Today is a grey, rainy day here but it is a bit warmer than it has been. This seems to be the pattern for winter: either sunny and cool or warm and rainy. The forecast for this week is mostly rain so will be in the studio. Today have been working on George again and also on Winter Landscape. I have been working with oil pastels and glazes which give depth to the painting surface.
Wednesday 10. 02. 10 Yesterday had a great book club meeting with a lively discussion of Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden, an excellent read. Also yesterday The Rider by Tim Krabbé arrived from Amazon which I read overnight – 150 pages about a bike race around Mont Aigoual just north of Montpellier. Great read. Today spent the morning at the market and had coffee with Laurene and George at Les Negociants. This afternoon have been back at George, the painting, adding more to the woods and starting on the foreground bed of leaves.
Sunday 07. 02. 10 After lunch with Gisèle and Jonathan we drove up to the Buddhist temple on the Larzac plateau just above Lodève. It was a lovely sunny afternoon but windy and much cooler on the plateau. The temple is one of the largest in France and was opened in 1992. It is open for visitors only on Sunday afternoons and we were shown around by a woman originally from Montreal. It has extensive grounds with a lake and small cabins for monks or for people attending retreats. I found the temple decoration quite garish but was assured that they were authentic Tibetan. I was surprised how unspiritual the space seemed – I guess I was looking for an atmosphere often found in old churches or monasteries in the Christian tradition and I was quite disappointed in the lack of a sense of peace and tranquillity. Afterwards we went back to the real world and stopped in Caylar for a coffee where Jonathan managed to catch part of the France/Scotland rugby match.
Friday 05. 02. 10 Finally got some paint on the canvas for the painting of George, Lawrence and Diane’s lurcher whom I met when I was staying with them in Stevenage last November. The painting is based on a photo that I took when out walking in the woods near their house. I also sketched in another painting of the winter landscape near Plaissan which is about 10 minutes from here. I think I’m back on track after nearly two months out of the studio. Feels good.
Wednesday 03. 02. 10 Today is market day and bunches of mimosa’s are on sale so I assume that Spring is here. It is sunny and there is just a hint of warmth in the air. Currently working on a couple of large landscapes. One of Lawrence’s lurcher George, in the woods near his home and the other a winter landscape near Plaissan. Both 100 x 80 cm. Have also been reading Sarah Bakewell’s biography of Montaigne – the world’s first blogger in 1572! A great read.