'Aller au fil de l'eau' means to go with the flow. It is also, appropriately, the name of the café in the small French village where I live. On the terrace, the atmosphere is relaxed, life seems to mosey along no faster than the river that slips lazily by. In spring and early summer, conversations are often accompanied by a chorus of croaking frogs. Creating this blog is some kind of commitment to take brush or pen or pencil in hand every day and make art. As Julia Cameron says: "...creativity is not a marathon event that we must gird ourselves for, whacking off great swaths of life as we know it to make room for it. Creativity is not aberrant, not dramatic, not dangerous. If anything, it is the pent-up energy of not using our creativity that feels that way". Not making art is like trying to stop the flow of the river. I surrender to the flow and watch where it takes me.

Sunday, 31 May 2009

La Maison Jaune

Shadows cast on French houses are an obsession of mine and this might be the beginning of a series. There are a few technical slip-ups in this painting and it's not as loose as I would have liked, but overall I feel as if I'm making progress in handling the medium and developing my own style.


  1. I can feel the heat and want to get inside out of the sun. The shadows and dappling are good. I really like it.

  2. Ooooohhhhh...I LOVE it! Gorgeous, and I know what you mean about light and shadows on French houses. You've really caught the feel of this, the colours, the heat, the light....everything. Nice clean colours, and very uncluttered. I love it!