“Gardian House Carmargue Region”
From my journal: “Maybe it’s France. We’ve had a shift in travel schedules . . . languid! Took time for our lovemaking, and then a heavenly very French breakfast and favorite breakfast. . . brioche, a creamy cheese, fruit, [and for me] cafe au lait. (M had un petit cafe — puts hair on your chest though it sounds sweet.) We chilled.”
“Big black bull. My first real (not plastic) flamingo.”
From my journal: “Our drive to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer was only an hour driven straight through the Carmargue. . . We took our time, stopped to allow a sketch and to allow the important area fill our senses . . . Healthy marsh, somewhat flat by this California turned Oregon gurl’s standards. Horses, bull with huge horns, and FLAMINGOS! I’ve only seen lalaland plastic variety in person . . . and my own flamingo lights of course so this was a HUGE teat, and we saw flocks!”
“Dreams are free . . . So free your dreams!” Astrid Alauda
“Roma gypsy “RV” showing up for the festival in May.
I want one.”
From my journal: “Roman Carmargue Cross. Faith Hope Charity. Cowboy [gardian] fork/prong = Faith; Sea Anchor = Hope; Heart = Love or Charity. Daughters of Sophia (Wisdom).”
“This country feels more foreign than Italy or France, a place onto itself. A place of Magic, mystery, seduction, wildness, fierceness. The mix of tarot and Catholicism, saints and heathens.”
“When we arrived at the Hotel Marie we dropped everything (no sketchbook) and headed for the beach. HOME, no matter what continent. Feet in Sand, wet toes, salt air smell of sea. We necked like teenagers then walked some more. Dinner was what I’d call ciopino, but I didn’t write the name, a type of seafood stew.”
“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities and poor drawings no doubt crept in: forge them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered in old nonsense.” Emerson
Moleskin 8×11 watercolor journal, Pentalic HB woodless pencil, De Artramentis Document and Super5 ink, and Daniel Smith, Holbien and QoR watercolors.
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How fun and beautiful! I love that you’re doing this!
Thank you Lucia! I am enjoying it so!
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I love the sketch of the house. The strong shadow makes it especially fine.
Great sketches! Love the flamingos!!! You did a great job on the thatched house. When I was in Ireland I was fascinated watching them repair one…very intricate designs.
Did you happen to draw any? I love vernacular architecture!
Ooh such treats today! Your work on the thatched roof of cottage is spectacular detail, and bulls and flamingoes such oddities in themselves but to see both is … Fanciful 😍. I, too, find the whole Roma culture romantic but the reality is much harsher and difficult. Nevertheless their wagons harken to otherly times.
I’m not happy with the caravan — but so it goes. I tried it from memory and should have take a look!
Own worst critic – you know what you wanted vs what you produced. We see only lovely or quaint results 😀
*sigh* your are right. i don’t see what you see!
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Yes, I agree with Anne. That shadow is truly effective.
I am also pleased with the gardian house. I never saw the inside, but if it is kindof like one big room I’d want one — a big studio live/work space!
LOVE those flamingoes… boney legs and all!
Thanks — As a California gurl I have some particular “home” things, and plastic flamingos is one of them. Nice to fake see them here!
oh i love this Katie… i feel like i’m right there with you. 🙂 Beautiful. xx
I don’t know how I missed your comment Pauline — the wonders of the internet! Thank you!