Hi above the coast between Nice and Antibes lies the beautiful perched village of Gourdon.
It’s site is remarkable and visiting there is a great thing to do when in the area. The winding, but not too scary, road from Chateauneuf gives wonderful panoramas of the village and from the edge of the town the views to the coast as far as the bay of Cannes are spectacular.
Good cafes and restaurants are there too and many interesting shops, perfumeries and galleries to wander around.
We often go there and last time picnicked just outside the town on the nearby meadow.
Here are just a few paintings, both painted in winter and summer, and the first one just recently from the meadow. Some are recent but others are from the past decade or so.
For the second town on the new blog I have chosen St Tropez.
Not only is it one of my favourite places to paint watercolours but it is a fascinating town of contrasts, the glitzy harbour with the multi million pound boats and yachts, and the quiet back streets with the beautiful Port de Peche and so many little , but good restaurants.
Firstly the ONLY way to get there in a calm way is to take the ferry from St Maxime. Even in summer you can park at St Maxime and avoid the dreadful traffic round to St Tropez.
Secondly it epitomises the glamour , wealth and beauty of the Southern French Coast.
So here are a few paintings of St Tropez which I do hope you will enjoy
There are so many wonderful villages and town along the Cote d’Azur that sometimes really lovely ones gets overlooked.
10 years ago Vence was not as interesting as it is today. The old town has been rejuvenated and is now a really lovely place to spend a morning or afternoon strolling about.
The painting above was painted there last year.
However on a recent visit I took a series of photos and did some ink sketches, which, while staying in Mandelieu I have painted in my travel sketch book and so here are the results.
I hope you will like seeing them and enjoy visiting Vence as much as we now do.
Just by the town is the Chapelle du Rosaire designed and decorated by by Henri Matisse. He considered this to be his masterpiece and it is internally decorated by him. Although a simple Chapel it is well worth visiting.
In the Museum in the old town there is currently a Matisse exhibition and a very interesting video of how the Chapel came to be created with the support of his close friend the Dominican Nun Sister Jacques-Marie. Take the time to watch this excellent video if you can.
Have look on my other blog post wwwbrianswatercolours.wordpress.com for other paintings of our travels.