Ironically I spent this past beautiful long weekend seated indoors painting pieces about walking outdoors!
But I’m on a very tight timeline for this week’s art fair, so with all the windows open and the tunes blaring, I got to work on my last 2 mini’s before the show.
First mini is taken from a photo snapped while discovering the streets of Les Baux-de-Provence in the south of France in 2008. Everyone was out taking a late afternoon promenade, locals and tourists alike. I love this practice of strolling before a late dinner – there’s a real sense of community and I feel almost like an adopted local. People smile and say hello. And this town is so beautiful with so much stonework and colourful artisan shops, and flourishes of greenery overhanging the streets to escape the heat.
The second mini piece captures the romantic Positano boardwalk, a walkway that has traffic all day long. Taking this stroll past couples dining in the restaurants and up the stone staircase around the rocky point to the Fornillo beach is a favourite stroll. I had to paint this particular scene because it’s in a favourite Italy movie of mine, “Only You” (1994) – the funny restaurant scene between Marisa Tomei and Billy Zane, with Robert Downey Jr. spying on them from the breakwall on the boardwalk.
Onto a few bigger pieces for the next little while! And maybe I’ll get outside and talk a few walks, too!
Ah, yes, promenading! My mother used to rapturise about this practice and wondered why Australians didn’t do it. Well, we stroll too, but don’t necessarily say Hi to people as they walk by…not very friendly. Sometimes I smile and say hello, and it works, they say Hi back, and smile!! 🙂 I love these two little paintings, especially the Positano one, looks very breezy and friendly.