That the castle is old is a given; the views, however, are new and spectacular.
Vacation pictures tend to bore me, but when I edit through hundreds of photographs from a trip in the hopes of finding inspiration for a painting, there is a different type of criteria that I am looking for. This little sliver of bright sunlight framing a small arched doorway did it for me. Intimate, a segment of a moment, a memory of the awe-inspiring view from brick parapets—all great for this small painting.
I am standing somewhere in the midst of medieval Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg in Orschwiller, France. It is requisite old, immense in scale, and restored with plenty of nooks to gasp at and explore. The reward, for me, is to look out at the breathtaking views that are found from every tiny opening in the brick walls. Panoramic sights include the Alsace countryside, the Vosges Mountains, the Black Forest and maybe that is the Alps I’m looking at, too. I am saving this vast vista for a future painting. For now, I need only recall the sky, the landscape and the softly-filtered light to feel humbled and quite small.
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 9″ x 9″