As luck would have it, the timing on this couldn’t have been better. The following day a winter rain storm hit and knocked off all the beautiful maple leaves! Paul Garcia my friend and pastry chef made the heavenly croissants and scones which had to be served the right way. Oil on linen 18X24.
This is my favorite time of the year with the beautiful colors the Japanese Maples display. I attempted to capture the vivid colors contrasting with the evergreen shrubbery. The bench beckons someone to sit. Used the big table umbrella to give my palette the needed shade – best umbrella yet! Plein air oil on linen 18X24.
I had fun recreating this scene from my notes, sketch and photos.Below depicts how I made y way through the painting. Oil on canvas 24X30.
This was done under the hay barn roof as it was quite a rainy afternoon. The cows were out in the field grazing near this lovely river. A double rainbow came out as we finished. This painting was a breakthrough to capturing the light and moment and less about detail. This was the very last painting I did in Burgundy. Anastasia’s help on the sky and water moments were so helpful! This was completed in the US because of wet paint and shipping. Plein air oil on linen 12X16.
This charming farmhouse belongs to the owners of the Chateau in Nuits. It was a soft day with light showers, so we painted under the cover of the hay barn roof. This was on the last day of the workshop in Burgundy. Finished this one at home with limited time to complete. The paint was thick and too wet, making it a month before it could be shipped to the US. Plein air oil on linen 15 3/4 X 11 15/16.
Antonin really challenged me on these colors and it was a real breakthrough moment for me! This scene was looking down the canal from the Nuits side of the bridge. Plein air oil on panel 12X16.
The kitchen was spectacular with period furnishings and only natural light. It took two visits to capture as the light changed quickly when the rains came. Plein air oil on panel 12X16.
We looked across at the picturesque citadel Semur-en-Auxois from the main road. It is a fortress that looks onto the valley of the River Armancon. As drivers passed they honked horns in appreciation of having their city painted. It only had me jumping out of my skin the first 10 times. Plein air oil on linen 19 3/4 x 13 5/8.
This little simple charming church in the town of Nuits like so many others in France was closed. Plein air oil on panel 12X16. While these posts are later than the time completed, I had to wait until the paint was dry enough to get some of my paintings shipped.
Chateau Nuits XVI’s kitchen had these amazing period pots and home canned goods. The warmth of the room kept me mesmerized and I had to paint this once I got back to my studio. Oil on canvas 24X36.