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‘Cliff in the Célé Valley.’ Watercolour. 28 x38 cm © Adam Cope

some watercolours from last autumn in the Célé valley. Vertigo?

Watercolour of Cliff in the Célé Valley

‘Cliff, Célé – Jean Blanc’ Watercolour 28 x 38 cm © Adam Cope


Watercolor of a cliff blue sky

‘Blue Sky, Cliff #2’ Watercolor 28 x 38 cm © Adam Cope

Impossible blue sky but true…  yes true deep blue with only free wheeling birds 🙂 The blue sky that envelops us all… that evokes a sense of freedom in me 🙂


Watercolour of Spring in the Dordogne

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‘Spring Time in the the Dordogne’ Watercolour. 38 x38 cm © Adam Cope

This Candlemas morning (“festa candelarum”, the festival of candles), there was the first ray of sunlight after weeks of heavy rain. The light is again high & strong. I’m yearning for spring & fresh air & sunlight.

This watercolour from March last year.  Hope that February won’t be rude or glacial!  It can be freezing & extreme in February here in the Dordogne. Half way through winter now!

In pre-Christian times, this day was known as the ‘Feast of Lights’ and celebrated the increase strength of the life-giving sun as winter gave way to spring. –


Watercolour of a Lotus Flower


‘The Last Lotus Flower of 2013’ Watercolour. 27 x19 cm © adam cope

This was the last lotus flower of 2013 that I saw on the lotus pond. Somewhat battered by the winds & cold nights here in the Dordogne. But still offering up its golden heart, despite of it all.

I love the life cycles of flowers. Yes they reach apogee, perfection then deteriorate, disband, fall apart. Sometimes even in the time span of a morning.  Doesn’t this transience make them all the more beautiful?

Currently enjoying the tips of sprouting daffs & hyacinths in the garden.



Vignobles, Dordogne 1

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‘Vignobles, Dordogne 1’
28 x 38 cm (approx 11 x 15 inches).
© The Artist. sold
This autumn is particularly sunny. Blues skies, the leaves have stayed on the vines longer than usual. A winey golden glow, a haze hangs over the hills. This painting from a few weeks ago, now the leaves have mostly fallen from the vines.

Lime Grove, Chateau de Beduer

  watercolour 15″ x 11″ Early moring, brightearly summer sunshine, see the leaves glowing green-gold.

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pssttt! – don’t be scared of green!

watercolour of a lime grove at chateau de beduer

‘Lime Grove, Chateau de Beduer’ – watercolour 15″ x 11″

watercolour of a poplar grove by adam cope

‘Grove of Poplars’ watercolour, 15″ x11″

Homage to green – the green fuse , the living green, the vernal green , the green that oxygenates us & lets us breathe fresh, clean air. When I painted these green watercolours the air was so beautiful with fragent green sappy smells. 🙂

‘Gateway, Chateau de Beduer – contrajour’
30 x 40cm (approx 11 x 15 inches).
© The Artist
‘Gateway, Chateau de Beduer – sunlit from behind’
30 x 40cm (approx 11 x 15 inches).
© The Artist.Same gate, different lighting. Not just a cloudy vs. sunny day but the light in front of you as opposed to the light coming from behind. Good exercise!

These two watercolours were demonstrations from Chateaux Painting Holidays, France 2010 & 2011. I talk about demonstrations & art teaching here. Therees also some Youtube short demos to see there too. Enjoy 🙂

La Dordogne à Beynac 2

‘La Dordogne à Beynac 2’
28 x 38 xm (approx 11 x 15 “).
© adam cope

number two of two paintings

see painting number one

“the light’s changed…”



La Dordogne à Beynac 1

28 x 38 cm – approx 15 x 11″
© dam that cope
number one of two paintings
late afternoon light, pale winter, white glinting reflections on the black river

15 x 11″ – 28 x 38 cm
Tanglewood. A bird song corridor through an empty land. Sluggish shallow river. Old roots holding the banks together. Old place, old beings. Being quiet here… the Dropt has an intimate & hidden charm, different from the majestic Dordogne with it’s mighty flow. Being quiet here & now … even in a modest landscape, a hidden corner. One of the last spaces for nature in our monetised countryside.

Wendell Berry on Local Care of Shared Places:”My wife, Tanya, and I were just in Massachusetts visiting with a friend of ours, Rachel Fletcher, who had organized some of her neighbors in her town to make a “riverwalk.”

A little river runs right through the middle of her town. For maybe generations people had looked at the river the way we Americans have learned to look at rivers—as something to carry things away that we don’t want. The town had just tumbled whatever they didn’t want down among the trees on the river bank.

Rachel began to persuade people to allow a riverwalk to be built across their back lots. She organized cleanups, and people would come and bring their children. They picked up all the trash and cleared the river bank and built their walk, and they made a beautiful thing.

Any walk through the woods gives one a lot to look at, especially a walk along a riverbank. People made donations to put in seats in memory of loved ones who had died and so on. That was how it started.

The next thing that happened was that people who had property on the other side of the river, who weren’t organized into this effort at all, began to clean up their lots. So here you’ve got a neighborhood institution that is minimally organized. So far as I know, it has no trust fund. But it’s cherishing something local that everybody can have in common, and to me a thing like that can’t go wrong. It’s just a little narrow walkway, scaled right, but it’s an enormously suggestive thing.

It was a way for people in the neighborhood to give days of their labor to one another, to give one another shares in their mutual place, to make a place where they would meet each other without agenda or schedule. And as the cleanup across the river would indicate, it has an influence.

So that’s the way my instinct says to work. If you believe in goodness, if you believe that goodness has a power, then why not act on your faith and do something good and see if it won’t call forth more goodness?”

Jack Jezreel interviews Wendell Berry, U.S. Catholic magazine.