VILLEFRANCHE SUR MER

Following our week in Annecy, we headed south by coach, via Avignon, to Villefranche Sur Mer, an historic town between Nice and Monaco on the Côte d’Azur

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FRAN1780Villefranche Sur Mer Sculpture by the sea

FRAN1709Enjoying the scenery – Annecy to Ville Franche sur mer

DSC06973Pondering history – a Kronenbourg, Exile on Main Street and Villa Nellcote straight across the Bay.

DSC06988A happy man with a half bottle of Chianti not so Classico

DSC06989Eleanor and a plate of Mediterranean delicacies.

DSC07005 DSC07015Our Hotel balcony was a hard place to leave.

DSC07089A quiet little square slowly transformed, by workmen and passing tour groups, to a place of confused chaos, but we pressed on with confidence and determination.

FRAN1698Pont d’Avignon

FRAN1752Pink Neon

FRAN1771Pathway to the water

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FRAN1786 Cocteau sculpture near the little church he decorated.

FRAN1787 Pink Chairs

FRAN1793 All of life’s luxuries packed into a spare plot of (very expensive) land.

FRAN1833 Vive la France

FRAN1850 Pink Roses

FRAN1853 Stacked market boxes

FRAN1860 Sweet, fresh and juicy

FRAN1918 Old Town, Nice

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FRAN1971  Negresco, Nice – Where Isadora Duncan fell victim to a long scarf and a Bugatti in 1927.FRAN1991

FRAN1995Fantastic Paintings – no photos inside – see it if you are in Antibes

 

 

ANNECY, FRANCE

With a couple days up our sleeves before the French Painting Workshop started, we had time to get our bearings and explore the lake and old town of Annecy. The town is just over the Swiss border and sits on a a series of canals that run out of a beautiful, spring fed lake. The town and lake are surrounded by the spectacular French Alps, so that postcard feeling of alpine bliss is everywhere.

 

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DSC06811Two small Painting Inspectors watch with a critical eye.

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There is very little the French wont eat. We enjoyed snails, frogs legs and a selection of various internal organs transformed into mouth watering delicacies in this little restaurant.

FRAN1644Annecy hosted the International Animation Festival while we were there.

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This giant inflatable screen and elaborate sound system provided a lake side outdoor venue for the festival.

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DSC06668Lecturers from the Annecy Conservatorium pose for us as we paint the ancient entry door.

FRAN1531We had rain on the first day of the workshop then, fortunately,  fine weather for the remainder

FRAN1533Annecy public gallery in the old castle.(Noreen dancing sideways)

FRAN1688Wild wooden horses

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FRAN1485Produce Markets keep the town busy three days a week.

FRAN1480 Fromage

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FRAN1428Tiger riding bike

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FRAN1361 This dog carries brandy to lost soles in the alps

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DSC06677x Day one, painting in the rain

 

LIMITED PALETTE

Carrying on from the “Painting on Location” article, this article on “Limited Palette” painting describes a simple little traveling paint kit that takes up no room and produces great results.
http://johnlovettwatercolorworkshop.com/limited-palette/
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PAINTING ON LOCATION

New article Update – Painting on location sharpens your observation skills and speeds up your painting process. Here are some tips to get more out of this enjoyable pursuit.

Painting On Location

 

http://johnlovettwatercolorworkshop.com/painting-on-location/

RESTING TRAWLERS

A new Instant Video Project has just been added to johnlovettwatercolorworkshop.com
In this project I show you a great way to make drawing, even the most difficult subject, simple and effective. We will then use just three colors to produce this vibrant painting. The Resting Trawlers Project also includes a bonus video full of valuable tips and shortcuts for successfully drawing different types of boats.

Resting Trawlers

 

Resting Trawlers Instant Video Project

BLACKALL, QLD WORKSHOP

Like to do a painting workshop in Outback Queensland?
Join me for a great 5 day workshop hosted by the Blackall Cultural Association.
29th July – 3rd August 2014

Limited numbers, so book early.

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Out There… with John Lovett
29th July – 3rd August 2014
Blackall, Queensland

Details and Booking form