From a July afternoon spent in a medieval village along the Alsace Wine Route.
Half-timbered buildings, masses of flowers, vineyards and rolling hills: no wonder Kaysersberg was officially named France’s favorite town in a recent poll. Our afternoon visit included taking in a segment of the annual Tour d’Alsace. It was easy to avoid the bike riders along the cobbled streets, but I had to watch my step because I was paying more attention to the pastel-colored buildings and the residents hanging out of their upper-story windows. I opted to check out the town scene by strolling along quieter streets and observing locals, known as Kaysersbergeois.
In this painting, an ordinary pedestrian bridge spanning the River Weiss is set off by baskets of ubiquitous geraniums Pelargonium peltatum. Their color is nicely repeated in the building, and a fellow traveler conveniently stepped in front of my camera. What attracted me to this view is how the vineyards and verdant hills gave me a chance to explore color and composition while pushing the spatial distance in the scene for a focus that is both near and far. Postcard pretty, indeed.
Fabriano Artistico cold press, 300 lb,
15″ x 19″