Provence workshop Day Two: Lavender and red rocks

So happy to hear that yesterday’s post came through! I will continue the week with few words and many visuals.

The day started with a drive to a lavender field where we spent the morning under the shade of a huge tree, painting a view of the rows of flowers. We’re very lucky to be here during the short blooming season.

I started with a demo, simplifying the rows of lavender into loose shapes.

So thrilled with my students work. They also painted in simple shapes and loose washes.

We’re spoiled every day by our amazing French Escapade guide Natalia. Lunch was sandwiches and my favourite: Cavaillon melon.

In the afternoon we headed over to nearby Roussillon for a few free hours of shopping, ice cream eating and sketching. Of course I had to sketch the red town piled on top of the red rocks.

14 Comments on “Provence workshop Day Two: Lavender and red rocks”

  1. Katy Evans says:

    Lovely work Shari- and what a high standard of work your students are producing


  2. TonyU says:

    Takes me right back there! Did you see ‘the paint shop’ ….. jars and jars of beautifully coloured powders, a picture in itself? Hope Provence is everything you remembered and more.


  3. Judy Sopher says:

    I just love seeing all this. Hello to all of you and keep it coming. The paintings are lovely.


  4. I am so envious. Your students are doing some very nice sketches. We are heading to Newfoundland now where we hope the snow turns to sunshine. Continue posting, Shari, love your sketches.


  5. Cathy says:

    Merci, pour cet excellent partage et de pouvoir, voir les réalisations de vos élèves – c’est un plus, pour moi, qui suis aussi, à faire des aquarelles – je vis dans le nord de la France – vos photos sont très bien et vos textes toujours bien explicatifs – il est rare que je mette des commentaires – c’est la 2e fois – mais comme vous êtes en France – parlez vous quelques mots de français ?


  6. ksbeth says:

    how wonderful. thanks for sharing all of this with us –


  7. monique says:

    Wonderful..and your students are great too! I wonder if you bought ochres:)And if you brought some of those painting cards:)


  8. ba317 says:

    Breathtaking…just breathtaking! Love everyone’s work. I can’t imagine seeing those fields…but everyone of you will remember the smells, the textures, the beauty as you go back and look at your paintings. Oh the beautiful memories you are making (and the little master pieces as well) Look forward to tomorrow’s adventure.


  9. Love to see your beautiful watercolours. I feel like I’m there!


  10. Bernadette says:

    I really enjoy seeing the work of your students…..wonderful studies! I too envy them, the trip, the place and opportunity to be lead under your direction.


  11. codger1 says:

    It’s very interesting to see the variety of sketchbooks that your students are using as well. Great work by all.


  12. Gia Mendoza says:

    love lavender, provence, and your work, as always, the clean colors, the visual interpretation etc etc. i have a few lavender clumps as well in my garden, but not as glorious as the ones you and your students have painted.

    just saw this as well and i remembered your excellent skills at drawing and painting.



  13. Judy Sopher says:

    Just looked closely at the dessert. Love melon too. But the little tea biscuits–worth the trip! I could make a main meal out of this. Anyone paint it?


  14. Mary King says:

    So jealous. Wish I could have been there. Love love yiour art! Thank you so much for sharing.


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