Before heading off to Gordes, the beautiful but busy village in Luberon, I drove everyone to a quiet and beautiful village, Joucas. I discovered it yesterday, driving around looking for charming and quiet villages and when I found it, I knew I would bring my group of painters there.
Everyone loved it. You could hear the birds singing, one of the villagers playing the piano, watching an older lady watering each flower pot in this street with a water can, filling it up at the fountain. It is like being 100 years back.
Sonja gave a demo on how to sketch from front to back. Some watched and listened while others wanted to do their own painting.
Something unique about this village: sculptures made out of olive tree wood, all over the village.
Lin loved the sculptures and went to talk to the artist. She watched him work. He does the wood part while his wife makes the clay that goes in the sculpture. Pretty amazing.
During that time, I went to the supermarket to buy fresh food for the picnic: avocados, mushrooms, tomatoes but also a wonderful lemon chicken, tapenade, goose liver pate, veggie quiche, eggplant mousse, red pepers filled with tuna, juicy melons, etc..
After lunch, we went for olive oil tasting: rosemary, basil, truffle olive oil…all made right there at the olive mill where we had lunch.
Here is a little joke about outfits: Margie (with the blue visor) with a shirt BEFORE wash and Linda with the shirt AFTER wash (color passed). However, Linda wears the pants before wash and Margie after wash (shrunk).
Well, I will stop my post on that note before it becomes too silly.