Sunday, June 15, 2014

Slow Start

It's taking me awhile to settle in and work on art but I have been spending time in my "studio" most days for at least an hour or so. Here's a spread from a new collage journal I started and one painting that I think may be finished. Or finished for now as Jane Davies says.

This piece took a lot of trial and error and I found myself painting over
a lot of the pieces that weren't working. In some places the piece feels
a little bit like a paper sculpture as well as a collage.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

France So Far

It's been a couple of weeks now that I've been here in the beautiful Lot Valley in the Midi-Pyrenée region of France. It is just so breath-taking here it's hard to put into words or photographs. Fields of green and gold, vineyards and small farms, rolling hills, expansive views and small picturesque medieval villages cropping up throughout the landscape. Here is a shot of beautiful Puy l"Evêque, the village closest to where we're staying, and the Lot river at sunset (around 9:30 these days!).

The first Sunday we were here we went to a vide grenier (French for garage sale; literally "empty the attic") and I added some great things to my collection of scaraps and papers. I love going to these; there is one almost every weekend in a different little town or village; it's a great way to get to know the area and mingle with the locals. Here's a few of my finds.

Two old almanacs, each with  about 200 pages of really cool stuff.
2 euros each. See some of the pages below

Some of these pages will be great in the gypsy journals.

Great study in typography.

An old deck of cards for 1 euro

I'm planning on going to another vide grenier tomorrow in Frayssinet le Gélat, if I can get myself up and out. I have to admit, I've been a little lazy since I got here...

More here as the adventure unfolds!