11th May 2015 –
A few years ago my Art Weekly No 70 was a painting of dusky pink roses leaning against the gates of a chateau in the Charente area of France. These brilliant red roses were growing abundantly against another wall of that same chateau, and I’ve been intending to paint them for some time.
The photo brings back lovely memories of driving through France, from the Lot up to Normandy, in early summer. I had booked myself into this small chateau, and when I arrived all I could see was a large doorbell with ‘sonnez svp’ on it, so I did (push, that is). After some time a slightly disheveled man appeared, who said that Madam was somewhere in the chateau gardens, and could I go and find her, and she would check me in! It was on my wander around the gardens to locate Madam that I found myself in the different areas with so many beautiful flowers. I did eventually find Madam, who wasn’t after all sitting in the sunshine sipping her pastis and reading a book. She was equally as disheveled as Monsieur, and knee deep amongst the weeds in her wellies! I had a wonderful relaxing night’s stay in a massive room, and an excellent breakfast!
Roses at the Chateau 2
Price: AUD$ 90.00
Size: 21 x 15cm
(Postage and handling included)