Sunday, August 06, 2017

Provençal ochres in Villars

The colors of Provence are to die for
Especially the ochres. Ochre pigments come from nearby mines in Roussillon.
Sometimes I think my best watercolors end up on the color test swatches. Today I wanted to get those colors into some Provençal paintings.
Villars is a quiet, tiny hilltop town you never heard of. There isn't much there to draw tourists
But there is plenty for artists to draw.
Nice windows too...with cats sitting in them.
The colors of the faded ochre walls will make you melt.
That cat got moved around today.
A high point of Villars is their one and only boulangerie
With its still functioning wood-burning oven.
Villars is surrounded by fields of Rosé vineyards.
The other major high point is la Poste. I was captivated.
I painted it
Two times.
After working so hard in the sun you need to jump into a cool pool.
Voila.
On the way to Provence Bear worked on his calligraphy in the train. He needs to practice more but your envelopes are getting prettier by the minute. Thanks for reading Parisbreakfast.  If you'd like Parisbreakfast letters, maps and watercolors in your mailbox, do look in my shop.
Bon reves de Provence.

27 comments:

  1. The colors are glorious and made more so by the Provencal light & blue skies.

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    1. Yes I miss that golden light.

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  2. Anonymous2:54 PM

    Carol, I honestly have to say that, for me, this is one of your most beautiful postings. Cheers, Stephan

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  3. Gorgeous! I love the juxtaposition of the photos and the aquarelles.

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  4. So lovely1 I need to go to provence! Hoping to next summer!

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  5. Allie9:27 PM

    Charming paintings. I especially like the ones with the cat !!!

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  6. Carolyn9:33 PM

    Wow! You really have taken your watercolors to another level!

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  7. We came home from there and painted our house yellow. We couldn't match that Provencal ochre, though. You've matched it perfectly in your lovely paintings.

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    1. You have to buy their pigments. It is doable for walls, but regular house paint will never be the same sadly.

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  8. Very pretty post office, love the veins on the render. So worth painting twice.

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    1. If at first you don't get it, try, try again!

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  9. Your watercolors are FANTASTIC..I have been there ..it was soooooooo quiet..it looked deserted..but charming of course!

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    1. THANK YOU Monique!
      I can't believe you were in Villars. I thought we were the 1rst ones..

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  10. Lynn S10:36 AM

    Ah Bear....such beautiful work on my envelope. Thank you.

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    1. Ah ha!
      Caught in the act 😀😀😀

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  11. Kathryn1:09 PM

    Beautiful colors; beautiful trip. Thank you!

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  12. Clarity Artists1:11 PM

    We're really taken by that stove,

    AND all your paintings. Delicious.

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  13. WOW! Those watercolors are soooo cool, and lush, and infused with color.

    Villars with its lack of tourists sounds like MY KIND OF TOWN.

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  14. Beautiful photos, beautiful watercolors!

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  15. I know an oil painter who photographs some of her palettes after she completes a painting and reproduces the palette on postcards, correspondence cards, etc., noting what painting it was. Utterly charming! And your color swatches would be just a good on cards!!! I'm going to try it, too.

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    1. What's her name? Website? I Love that idea!!

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  16. Suzanne P10:30 PM

    Love Provence. I have never had the pleasure of going there but I have read books, seen films, and many wonderful photos of the region. I love the outdoor markets, color of the buildings, the window/doorways, vineyards, etc. I am hoping your next Paris map will focus on Provence. I would love it.

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    1. I wish I could Suzanne but then it wouldn't be a Paris map would it...
      I have toyed with doing other city maps but I can hardly keep up as it is.
      Wanna be my assistant? SOS!!

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  17. Kathleen H1:17 AM

    Belle !!!

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  18. Lovely post! Thanks for taking me to Provence with you, the boulengerie and pool look great but my favourite is la poste!

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  19. As always, I love your watercolors. But....I really like the beautiful, flowing French style lettering that Bear was practicing. And the beautifully addressed Paris Letters!

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  20. I love the cat in the window :) And Bear.
    The watercolors are so nice; nice to see so many.

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