On our first day of excursion, we went to Roussillon, the village that has the finest ochre in the world.Sonja Hamilton, the teacher, wanted to surprise the participants by going to the Conservatoire des Ochres to buy the finest pigment. Everyone also had an assignment: sketching or taking picture of vignettes in Roussillon to work on them the next day.
All the artists were like kids in a candy store.
Meg couldn’t resist buying a big pot of pigment.
Judith decided to go for the big load. She is planning to paint for the next 100 years.
We then went on a walk in the ochre trail.
Lin decided to try to find all the shades of colors the ocher offers: from yellow to red.
Sandy who came as a non painter was inspired by the color of the ochre. She decided to sketch and this is what she came up with in about 20 min…..
Well, don’t believe everything you read…The sketch is from Sonja. Besides ochre, you can find cute colorful items, like those bags:
or these knobs:
On our way back home, we stopped by some lavender fields. There was so much lavender fields that we could smell it from the car: