St.Avit de Senieur, Dordogne

st.avit de senieur,dordogne, paintng of rock cliffs

‘La Route montant à St. Avit de Senieur’
Medium Size Oil on Canvas
36 x 48 cm (approx 14″ x 18″)
© adam cope

‘La Route montant à St. Avit Sénieur’

The road going up to St.Avit de Senieur – the cliffs reel above your head dangerously and the road cuts through right underneath them. There’s no lay-by & no stopping possible. Cars, lorries, tractors come flying down past you, and once a goat leapt out in front of me. I’ve been wanting to paint these cliffs for a long time but haven’t yet figured out a safe way of doing it. And after painting ‘Bicorne Deux – bis’ last time, which was besides a busy road (why do boy racers have to honk their horn when they see a painter?) & near to the entrance of a quarry (the wheels of the heavy plant being higher than my head), I’m feeling a little ‘carred out’. So this was painted from a peaceful spot the other side of the valley. No cars…. but no goats either.

ps. the goat’s name is ‘AVITUS’ after the local hermit saint who lived in these rocks in the time of Alric.


a painting holiday at St Avit with Adam Cope