Where did August go? I am not done with summer just yet.
We have just arrived in Rennes, France for my watercolor workshop via the high-speed train from Paris. It is a terribly hot July Tuesday and we regroup in our lovely hotel with a cold drink, and do a little research about the city. Even though the sun and heat is blistering, we take off for a walk to Parc du Thabor, situated uphill at the highest point in Rennes. There’s plenty of shade and a chance to sit down and take our sunhats off. The people watching is great in the 18th-century-designed park.
We enjoy this park so much that we return a week later—before our flight back to the U.S.—to explore more of it. Second time around we discover an aviary, a herb garden, plots and plots of dahlias in full bloom, and a nice cafe for crème glacée. Parc du Thabor makes for a great neighborhood park in this city that I fell in love with.
Now that it is September, I find that painting is still in vacation mode. I am enjoying looser brushwork and plenty of wet action…yet I allow details to creep in as I see fit, trying to learn to do without them. My goal for this painting was to convey that feeling of sun and shade on a really hot day in the park. ’Cause I’m not quite ready for summer to be over.
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 14.25″ x 21.5″