11″x 14″ or approx. 30cm x 40cm
I highly recommend visiting this typical Provençal village, perched on a hillside in the Vaucluse department of the south of France. It has a tiny market every Tuesday and one of my favorite churches in the area. This 16th century church has a wrought iron belfry, or campanile de fer forgé on top. A belfry is an ironwork cage that houses the actual bell and can be found on many Catholic churches in this region. They are considered works of art but have a very practical purpose: to withstand the fiercest mistrals, the high winds that are common in this area.
As in many towns around here, you can walk up narrow alleys to an overview. It’s an amazing sight to see all the rooftops and their different angles from above; picturesque would be an understatement.
On the way down, stop at the local coffeehouse for a café allonger (ah-long-zhay; to extend) which comes closest to American coffee. It’s basically an espresso stretched with hot water. If you just order coffee, they serve you espresso around here. An allonger lasts longer, tastes great and is not as strong as espresso.
When I painted this picture, there was a light mid-morning fog in the air, adding a bit of mystery to what I thought was an amazing scene to paint in watercolor. In an effort to make the painting more interesting, I gave the closest rooftops a blurry, in-and-out kind of feel by adding a lot of water to the paper. I hope this comes across to you, too.
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