A summer trip to Saint Paul de Vence in France was eye-opening.
This summer’s vacation combined a week of painting along with wonderful sights to discover in the Côte d’Azur, France. Inland from the Mediterranean coast, Saint Paul de Vence is one of several small places we visited that attract a lot of travelers, especially in August. And it was hot! I quickly discovered that as the day wore on more tourists started clogging the narrow passages, so we spent our time walking through the cobblestone alleys around the perimeter of the village. There, we had more uninterrupted views and I was able to take note of the medieval architecture and how the light and shadows played off of the rough surfaces. It’s also where I spotted this sweet little toddler and her mom, just checking out the nooks and crannies. I waited patiently for the sun to play off of her just right, snapped a few photographs, and I knew that this would probably make for a great studio painting back home.
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 14.25″ x 21.5″