Path at the End of Winter

path in winter - cornus - pianting

‘Chemin, Cornus – Fin de Hiver’

Medium Size Oil on Canvas
61 x 45 cm (approx 24 x 18 inches).
© The Artist

cornus = dogwood

This path at the end of winter, lined with oaks. Red dogwood suckers. Life surging back into the landscape.
painted this in one session, reduced me to tears… all prima large oil painting in plein-air, yeaa!
alla prima = first take

‘Landmark Oak & Path’
Medium Size Oil on Canvas
46 x 38 cm (approx 14 x 18 inches)
© adam cope
Strong, bright, clear sunlight, limpid & luminous, late evening shadows going to rose. Memories of long summer evenings.

Same landmark oak as below, painted from further down down the path:

‘Chene, Chemin & Grande Distance’ (Monmarves)
Oil on Masonite
© adam cope

Go over the brow of the hill, down the path & look back up the hill from the otherside. Corn again in the field this year:

‘Blé & Chene’
65 x 50 cm
oil on canvas

Cézanne said he could find a hundred different paintings just by slightly inclining his neck & seeing the same subject from a different angle. Here, less demandingly, the plein-airist happily works his way along a favourite path, in different seasons & with different set-up points. Same ‘landmark’ tree, a guiding anchor point for miles around.

Pruniers 5

‘Pruniers 5’
medium size oil on canvas
36 x 48 cm (approx 14 x 18 inches)
© adam cope

Very pleasant evening yesterday. Long, light, bright sunshine. A warm wind from the south (‘L’Antan’) carrying the sweet smells of spring. The landscape now covered with green. A fresh lime green of new leaves photosynthesising. Lovely, I choose to paint this rather than chase the coppery new leaves or the next waves of late blossoming fireworks. The soil breathing sweetly, smelling good & gleam pink/violet in the late afternoon light.How does one paint this miracle of sunlight? This miracle of photosynthesis?

Path through an orchard, beautiful place to be.

BTW, this the same orchard as always, the one we can see from our kitchen window. Le verger de Mr & Madame Verdier. You can’t see our house in this painting but it is situated just behind the third plum tree, the one next to the edge.

‘Les Genets Fleuris’
Oil on Canvas
12 Figure ( 61 x50 cm – 24″ x 19,7″)
© The Artist.
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Les Genets Fleuris = Broom in Flower.

Plantagenets in southwest France

Maybe you know the the story of the name of the Plantagenet (Plantagenêt) dynasty? They were named after the broom plant, la plante genet.
The Plantagenets were the Dukes & Duchesses of Aquitaine (here, in south-west France). Eleanor (Aliénor in Occitain, Eleonore in French, Eleanor in English) married the King of France, divorced him & then married the King of England, thus founding the Plantagenet dynasty (Richard the Lionheart was her son). Thus began The Hundred Years War (which actually must be seen in context of the Capetian ambition to subjugate all provinces of France to direct Parisian domination, starting with the Albigenian ‘Crusuade’ aka the first Inquisition in Europe & the annexation of Provence). Most of the towns & fortified castles around here date from this period.

Even in the woods the human history of the area speaks.

Broom grows well on sandy soil. The orange red earth on the left-hand bottom is ‘la terre rouge’, which I spoke about in

A path through the woods is a subject I greatly enjoy. The symbolism of a path speaks to me. Wildwood, tanglewood, fangorn, findhorn, deep forests . A place where there is still space for nature… for the time being.

‘Le Chemin sur La Causse’
Oil on Canvas
12 Figure ( 61 x50 cm – 24″ x 19,7″)
© The Artist.

Blé en Dordogne

‘Blé & Chemin, Boisse’
33 x 41 cm. Oil on Panel.© The Artist.
path through the corn in the sunny dordogne
didn’t walk along the tractor tracks, no wish to damage the farmer’s crop
an invitation

‘Chene, Chemin et Grande Distance (Monmarves)’
38 x 46 cm. Oil on Panel.© The Artist.

Back painting again & it felt good. Incidentally, the sunshine is back as well after a week’s absence. It’s been cold.& rainy here, a paradise for the slugs. Spoke to the farmer who confirmed what I suspected, that the young sunflower plants had indeed suffered a slug attack, which is a shame as the fields of these brave & sunny flowers is one of the heartlifting sights of the South West.

BTW, the oak in this painting is the same as in this painting from last summer. A landmark for miles around. Although it was not done as part of this ‘ a painting a week’ project, I post it because personally I like to see paintings of the same spot grouped together. Categories, not chronology. It’s done from the other side, looking up the hill, over a field of yellow corn.

Corn belt summer.. so, so, so good 🙂

‘Ble & Chene’ 65 x 50 cm. 2006. sold.

L’Orée du Bois

30 x 40 cm. Oil on panel.

Back in the green Dordogne. Hot day. Much photosynthesis. High grass, the farmers all busy with the cutting of hay.