Posted on April 12, 2007
I was rooting around in my painting stock & dug this one out from last autumn. Always a bit of a jolt to redsicover old works. I’m getting ready for an exhibition ‘Festivale Flore Faune en Périgord Pourpre’ (Cunéges, 26 mai – 2 juin), & so I guess some framing is to be done (yawn). The vines, of course, what else? I thought the clouds in this one were a fine example of cirrus & vapour trails, the heavy humid winey fermenting whitish glow that sits over the ripe grapes… I hope this blast from the past isnt throwing the blog’s realtime streamingout of kilter! Outside, it is spring. No painting today.
Posted on April 10, 2007
30 x 40 cm. Oil on Panel.
Another of my neighbours, here in ‘Le Pays du Dropt.’ The coppiced willows, ‘vieux têtards’, follow the old chemin communal which used to run from Castillonès to Villéreal. Here is a place where you can feel the history in landscape; It hasn’t yet been cut up into seven kilometre square treeless, hedgeless fields. The generations of hands that worked the land created ‘le bocage’, a delicate tapestry of little fields & brimming hedges. And the land worked them too, so that even their houses took on a feel of the land. I know it all looks abit ninteenth century-ish, but in my village, there are more old houses than new build. And that’s not counting all the others that have returned into the earth, literally just sunk back into the ground.
Posted on April 8, 2007
30 x40 cm. Oil on Panel.
Another thing surprising thing about the Quercy Blanc region is ‘La Terre Rouge’, the red soil that seeps out from underneath the white chalk strata. It’s a heavy clay soil rich in rust (red iron oxide).
In the mid-ground, you can just about make out a field of malbec vines planted in this rich red soil. The wine is ‘Appellation de Cahors, which is sometimes also known as ‘La Sang de France’ – or the blood of France.
Posted on April 7, 2007
30 x 40 cm. Oil on Panel. sold
A passer-by on internet might well assume the white in this painting to be snow. But is not. It is something far more surprising…in fact, it’s white chalk, which gives the name to the region in the Lot called ‘Quercy Blanc’. A field of vines growing out of pure white stoney chalk. These things surprise me.
Posted on April 6, 2007