Our adventure in Provence, New friends, more painting

Ann has always wanted to return to France, her childhood home for a few years and as the results of having a great friend, Deb Biechler, we were able to meet some new friends who lived in Cavaliere on the coast. Francesca Giorgi and her mother Harriet own a comfortable small home in town and were looking for a caretaker while they were to go to Paris so Francesca, an up-and-coming young artist, might paint for a couple of weeks.

 

Turned out we had so much in common we all stayed in their wonderful home talking art, politics and painting.

 

Above is Ann in Bormes les Mimosas, painting a charming villiage. Ann and Francesca painted here a number of times. On this day the sun was warm and the wind pleasant.

I call this the Gang of Three. Ms. Harriet Giorgi entertained us many hours with stories of  France, Italy and Berkley California. She allowed us to learn many things without having to work at it. Plus, the entire time did it with great humor and charm. What a time we had.

This is Francesca Giorgi with a nearly finished painting that she had been working on during our stay. Her style is based on fresco tenchiques that she has spent years learning in Italy. We learned today the painting has sold.

This is a small fresco painting that Ann completed while getting a lesson from Fransesca. There was a small lemon tree on the porch, so a model was available and out came this little jewel. Unfortunately, it was done in haste and has since deteriorated---still it was the process. You will note she signed her name Anna Monet. She was just becoming more French as the days went along.

Well, not every day was perfect painting, still Ann braved it out and went back to Bormes to plug away. It was early April after all, with the mistral was pushing hard from the south. The temperature 60. Ah, it was good for her.  She later realized to take off the sun glasses to paint.

This was a small oil Ann did while sitting on the back veranda of our guest's home. In the afternoon the colors shifted around and made for a nice setting right there next to a glass of Rose wine.

On our return Ann has started to develop some of the material collected and this painting is of a French speaking chicken. The crow was followed by a haw-haw in a deep French accent. So this is a start of the trip and as time moves along there will be more paintings and a few more stories. Below is a castle town we visited in Italy--from here we purchased one of the best wines we have ever consumed from the lady pictured below. (now there is a painting) Do stay in touch. David Wright