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Painting in the South of France


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This week I really enjoyed painting scenes of Nice and the surrounding countryside. Working from life, sitting in the street or park has provided me with a new and refreshing perspective to begin from. The first painting I did this week is of the view from atop St. Paul Vence. While I was there I could only sketch the background and take a picture. Then, in the studio, I painted the scene on canvas with acrylic paints. With my artistic freedom, I added a small stream and a home in the top right corner, and removed the statue. Emilie S. landscape pic Emilie S. landscape painting The second painting I completed this week is a street view of Old Nice. We spend a lot of our time walking around in the old town, so I tried to capture the flavor of my favorite back street. My watercolor is a bit more neon than the actual street, but then it does sort of look that bright when it’s very sunny. Emilie S. old town pic Emilie S. old town watercolor By far, I really enjoyed all the comments from passersby while I painted the watercolor in the street. Several people came up and told me “c’est jolie” (that is pretty) and one couple came up right when I was finishing up and told me that the end product was beautiful; they had walked by an hour and a half before when I had just finished my basic sketch. A very memorable experience. I made some nice memories and created some souvenirs for myself through my painting this week. Au revoir! Émilie

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