Surrounded by Vines 7" x 14" oil on gallery wrapped canvas
This is a painting I just completed. I took the reference photo a few years ago while we were boating up in British Columbia. The original photo shows a lot of water below, but this was what I was thinking when I took the photo. All that green with the bright white of the house in the sun just spoke to me.
I love the size of this one. I had bought a couple of these to try awhile back. I think I'll be buying a few more to have on hand when the right scene comes along.
Cherries from Chauvet's Orchard
by Ruth Phillips
Recently while reading an art blog (I can't remember who's blog it was now) I read about a book they were in the middle of reading. This is a book written by the wife of Julian Merro-Smith of the Postcard from Provence blog, Ruth Phillips.
After reading an excerpt of the book on Amazon I decided to purchase it. As soon as it arrived I found I could hardly put it down. She is an excellent writer. If you are looking for a new book to read I recommend this one. I know I will re-read this one a few times.
This is the book description from Amazon:
This is When an English painter moves to Provence in search of the muse, he is looking not only for artistic fulfillment but also for love, family and community. This funny and touching memoir chronicles his unconventional route towards almost everything he desires, whilst painting a vivid picture of how hard it can be for one man to face a blank canvas - even in paradise.