Provence - September 2009

 

Edwin L. Green, Artist

Oil Paintings/Watercolor Paintings

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Le Port - Villefranche s/m

Acrylic/Canvas 8x10

 

 

Hotel La Victoire - Vence

Acrylic/Canvas 8x10

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Le Baou Blanc - Vence

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Place du Grand Jardin - Vence

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Le Vieux Frene - Vence

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La Cour Godeau - Vence

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La Colonne Romaine -Vence

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Le Marronier -Cour Godeau

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Fenetre Jumelee -XIIIe Siecle

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La Porte - Hotel de Ville

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Chapelle des Penitents Blancs

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Les Baous de Vence

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Mme Annabelle -Vence

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... la vie est la - Vence

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Vue du Grenier I - Vence

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Encore de Pluie - Vence

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Le Mendiant a La Porte

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Painting in Vence, France

September 2009

      If you have read the Artist page, you have probably guessed that I'm an inveterate Francophile. I make no apology; I love French culture, their language, the people - visiting regularly for more than 45 years. September 2009 was special: after an absence from the Cote d'Azur of more than forty years, I returned to Provence to paint

     For me, Paris had become a destination because of the ease of selling paintings there and because it is such a beautiful place to be. Thomas Wolfe has said you can "never go home again". Of course he was right, but it was fabulous to see southern France again and at my age. What a difference! In spite of an unusually rainy September, nothing could have been more exciting than the clean, clear light of Provence. I stayed in a small hotel (La Victoire) in Vence - purposefully avoiding the more touristy St. Paul de Vence five miles down the road.

     A day in Villefranche was enough to satisfy any lingering nostalgia - my apartment still there behind the Hotel Welcome, the charm of the steep, narrow medieval streets and archways persisted, but Vence was new to me and I spent most of my time painting there. Stay several weeks in a small town anywhere in the world and you come to know it in more than a cursory way - the locals, too. One day in Vence I was painting a fruit stand  in the medieval Cour Surian when it started raining. I was ready to pack up when Thomas Spagnolini, the owner of the stand, went to the restaurant next door and borrowed a large umbrella which he set up over me so I could continue painting. How incredibly thoughtful! Several artists kept studios in Vence. When one would see me painting, they would stop to chat or to invite me to in for a coffee. The local gendarmerie, the reporter from Nice-Matin, the patronne of the Salon du Tea in the Cour Godeau who brought me a cup of tea and a biscuit and commiserated about the rain - all were friendly and welcoming beyond imagining.

     No one, however. could have been more wonderful than the owners of the Hotel La Victoire, Nathalie and her husband, Pierre. Large resort resort hospitality, while perfectly ok if you don't know any better, is quite different from the sincere and cordial reception one receives in a small French hotel.

      In all, I was able to complete twenty two paintings - acrylic on canvas, though normally I use Gamblin oils. The trip was without event. The euro dearer than it has ever been in my lifetime. Of course, when I sell my first million dollar painting I'm going back for a while.

 

 

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