Let the Sun Shine In
On the fourth day of the workshop we contended with gray skies and with a stubborn mist. We were at the Prieure d'Orsan, and not everyone painted. Bruce had to leave for home after making a really nice drawing. One of us didn't feel so well, and another stepped up as nurse. Another decided to draw, instead of painting.
This left Nick, Jon, and me to essay some sort of a souvenir in oil.
We established headquarters under a marvelously tight canopy of leaves, seen in this photo from Jon. Nick's on your right, and I'm on the left.
The motif, one I've both drawn and painted, is of the turreted priory, seen down an allee between hedges. You can just make out the buildings in this photo (below) by Jon, looking toward the motif.
As you will readily see, the trees offered us a very satisfactory roof, but also made our canvases as dark as pitch.
Because everyone was working (or not) independently, and because I wasn't demonstrating, I decided to let the sun shine in. Enough of this gray, moody day!
I summoned my imagination, while still under the trees, and transported myself to the sunny South of France. I kept the lead-in, but made it a road. Otherwise, I just let my imagination wander where it might. This, with a little tickling since I've been home, is where I landed.
So do remember, when wind and weather conspire against you, that you have an imagination. Use it. I had a lovely afternoon in the South of France-----you can too.