Another fantastic trip to France and plenty of new paintings! This time we travelled light, starting in Paris then catching the train to the Cote d'Azur via the Provence town of Uzes... before heading north to the stunning Alsatian town of Colmar on the border of Germany. Wowza!
Highlights included exploring the Bastille area of Paris where we stayed, a wonderful cooking course in Uzes, basking on the pebble beaches of Nice, catching the train to Italy for lunch, and finally a canal ride around the "Petite Venice" of Colmar whilst listening to piano accordion music. My senses are still so seriously overloded that even now I am trying to make sense of it all!
For the first time I dabbled with an acrylic palette, and I think you will agree from the results below...the results are remarkably "oil-like" whilst having the advantage of speedy drying time which is an absolute godsend when painting on the road. First stop in Paris was my favourite art store where I stocked up big on boxes of oil paints which I shipped home... so much cheaper to buy good quality oils in France!
Welcome also to my series of miniature paintings in toffee tins... you can see one below showing the wonderful rooftops on Nice. With a little square of French linen for a palette, and some very cool art deco pictures on the outside... I developed quite a liking (all right, obsession) for these pocket size paintboxes... to the point where I have bought many antique French biscuit tins and the like to continue my little series at home. Come along to my exhibition at Aro Gallery in Sydney next month to see my full range of tiny tin paintings!
Hope you enjoy the paintings below... and to see the full range of my latest Paris and France paintings which are currently available please head to my website at richardclaremont.com/paris--france