Painting in France

Lake View Cottage, Dordogna, France
Lake View Cottage, Dordogna, France by C. Owens

 Et voila!  Ma petite maison…for a few days in the Dordogna, France.  I just finished this painting yesterday. Its from a photograph, of course; but the image fills my head with excitement about my painting holiday in June.  I’ve saved for four years for this.  The exchange is bad and flights are expensive, but I can’t stay away any longer.

The Dordogna is an amazing area of France, only recently coming into “vogue” as tourists look for a more realistic view of France.  Saying you’ve been to France when you’ve only been to Paris is not really a true statement.  To really see France you must rent a car and go where the trains cannot go!  That is how I fell in love with France and will return whenever I can save enough to go again.

The Dordogna River is east of Bordeaux and claims the Lascaux Caves’ prehistoric paintings;  a Troglodyte Fort of cliffside dwellings, dating from the 12th century; 1001 castles and chateaux, including the amazing Chateau de Castelnaud whose owner supported the Cathars who were annihilated during the Crusades; beautiful villages, including Sarlat; La Rocamadour (built up a cliffside on the site of a shrine to the Madonna that became famous for its healing powers, and soon became a stop on the pilgrimage path to Santiago de Campostela); La Roque Gageac (lining the north bank of the Dordogne River, and backed by cliffs); Excideuil (developed around a 10th century monastery, successfully repelled Richard the Lionhearted on three different occasions, and has a Thursday market that is supposed to be the busiest in the area); Bergerac (the largest town in the region, with its beautiful ‘vieille ville,’ the old part of the town that has some lovely medieval half-timbered streets and squares); and, of course, Les Eyzies (surrounded by many, many caves and prehistoric drawings, classified as a heritage site by UNESCO as it was near here that the three CroMagnon man skeletons were discovered).

Rocamadour
Rocamadour
Lascaux Caves

Lascaux Caves

 

La Roque Gageac

La Roque Gageac

My only dilemna:  How do I see all of this and still do some painting and enjoy le cafe on my little terrace?
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~ by chezchristineo on April 27, 2009.

One Response to “Painting in France”

  1. Beautiful painting Christine! It makes me wish I was there. Such a cute cottage and beautiful cottage!

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