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Summer on the Cote d’Azur, and Lake Annecy too!


Hi Everybody

Normally we fly up and down to the South of France but once a year we drive down and try and see a little bit more of France on the journeys.

This year we had a great time on the Riviera and on our way home spent a couple of days at Lake Annecy at the small town of Talloires on the East side of the lake. What a beautiful place lake Annecy is, and why hadn’t we been there before!

I feel sure we will go back, but maybe next time in late spring when it will be quieter.

So as usual here are some of the watercolours painted whilst at the Coast and a few of Lake Annecy too. The town of Annecy is very interesting as well and we went there by Water Taxi from Talloires which was a great way to travel.

So first here are the Lake Annecy paintings. As you know I have taken to painting pen and ink washes very quickly in a sketch book so that I can produce larger paintings later on in the studio.

Lake Annecy from the Park in Annecy. Sketchbook watercolour 19 inches by 8.

The view from Talloires across lake Annecy to Quingt and it’s Castle. Sketch book watercolour 9.5 inches by 8.

 

The Old Gaol in the Town of Annecy. Sketch book watercolour 9.5 by 8 inches

So now here are some of the watercolours from our time on the Coast

Boats sailing off St Tropez. Sketch book watercolour from photo taken on the Ferry from St Maxime.

 

Tourettes sur Loup. A more formal watercolour 14 inches by 10.

A Provence Village in the hills. Watercolour 14 inches by 10.

One of my favourite places to paint in France! Port de Peche at St Tropez, well away from the Glitz! Watercolour 14 inches by 10.

Here are some sketch book watercolours of the day we spent in Vence. Vence has a lovely old town well worth visit.

(More details on my other blog  – http://www.aquarellesdefrance.wordpress.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So quite a busy time painting ,sketching, eating and drinking as well as swimming in the pool and the sea. Thank goodness I am retired!

Summer on the Cote d’Azur – just lovely.

Happy travelling

Brian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 days on the Cote d’Azur

The Town of Correns in Provence. Watercolour 14 inches by 10.

This summer in the UK is proving to be hot and sunny which is great, but before this latest heat wave we were lucky enough to spend 10 days  once again in the South of France on the Cote d’Azur.

There the weather too was hot and sunny and the food and wine up to all the usual great standards.

It gave me a chance for quite a lot of watercolour paintings of the area, almost one per day, some from my photos and some from memory too.

I was just trying to capture the light and the summer warmth in that wonderful part of France.

I hope you will enjoy them and of course if you can spend time there do try too one day, you won’t be disappointed.

In the hills not to far away from us is the unspoilt town of Seillans. These two sketches are of the little streets in this very hilly town.

 

 

Seillans in Provence . Watercolour 9 by 7

Seillans. Watercolour 9 by 7.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J Class yachts passing Ile St Honorat off the Cannes Coast. Watercolour 10 by 14.

In the summer the Coast is beautiful and the view from the Esterel Coast road across the Iles de Lerin always fascinates me. Here is that view. This road is one of the finest scenic coastal drives in the world!

Occasionally you come across a bay with some fishing boats, an all too rare sight these days so here are a couple of interpretations of those scenes.

Fishing boats of the coast. Watercolours 14 inches by 10.

Sunsets can be amazing, here is quick watercolour of one.

 

When you drive around Provence the umbrella pine trees seem to pop up everywhere. This is a painting from memory of some not too far from the Coast.

Umbrella Pine trees ,Watercolour 14 inches by 10

 

Happy travelling 

Brian

 

Happy New Year! – A week in Provence and the Cote d’Azur

Happy New Year everybody.

This year we spent New Year and the week around it at Mandelieu on the Cote d’Azur.

Although cold at night the days were warm  in the sun and the delight at being to eat lunch outside, or even at restaurants on the beach in January is great.

I had set a goal of painting a watercolour every day but didn’t quite manage that but here are the five that I did complete in the week.

We didn’t visit all these places and some scenes are from photos, the web and our previous travels but some are the scenes just as they were last week.

Firstly two paintings of  lavender fields in Provence. 

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Lavender fields in Provence. Watercolour, 14 inches by 10.

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Cottage with lavender. Watercolour, 14 inches by 10.

One of the most striking things about the area around Mandelieu and Tanneron are the hillsides that are covered in early spring by Mimosa trees in bloom. The fantastic bright yellow flowers are such a great sight so early in the year. Last week around Tanneron especially there were many trees in bloom.

This painting with lots of artistic licence tries to depict a village in the hills with the Mimosa trees in flower.

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Mimosa trees in flower in the hills near Tanneron. Watercolour, 14 inches by 10.

The road from Cannes to St Raphael is one of the great coastal routes of the World. Do drive along it if you get the chance. With such nice lunchtime weather eating our lunch outside at Agay and Theoule was great fun. At Theoule we sat right by the waters edge at the Marco Polo Restaurant enjoying fresh Turbot in the sunshine.

This was the view of the Ice de St Honorat, (albeit a little bit enlarged!)

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Ile de St Honorat from Theoule sur Mer, on the Esterel coast. Watercolour, 16 inches by 12.

 

Quite nearby is the town of Vence, often famous for its sister town St Paul de Vence. However over the past few years much work has been done to the centre of the Old Town of Vence and it is now a lovely place for a stroll. There is a fine , but small Cathedral and quite a few restaurants and cafes to enjoy too.

This painting is of the a square in the Old Town which I hope you will enjoy.

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In the Old town of Vence. Watercolour 10 inches by 10.

It was a great week in the area and so nice to enjoy some winter sunshine, excellent restaurant food, great wines and good company.

All the best for 2017

Happy travelling

Brian

PS. Some of these watercolours will be soon be for sale on http://www.Artfinder.com. (search for brianswatercolours)

September – Variations

During the past few weeks we have been back to the South of France, enjoying there some fabulous September weather and on returning to the UK finding that fine weather here too.

It has given me some time for a variety of subjects, some familiar, some new and some of scenes that I like to paint and hope one day to get it a bit more as I would like it to be.

So I thought I would share these with you , at least you know I have not been idle, even if the finished results aren’t quite as I had hoped!

In France, I found that I had what I thought was a nice pad of watercolour paper, but after finishing this painting I realised that it was not up to the quality I normally use, and so the paper effect isn’t too nice although the subject worked quite well in this format. The painting ,of the Iles de learn off the coast of Cannes, is about 20 inches by 8 so a bit larger than normal.

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Yachts racing by the Iles de Lerin. Watercolour 20 by 8 inches.

Whilst in France we were lucky enough to be in Cannes and St Tropez when some of the largest yachts were in harbour for their regattas.

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“J” Class yachts prepare for the race at St Tropez

I love the shape and lines of the huge “J” Class yachts and so this next painting of them preparing for races in St Tropez is the result. Not often are the St Tropez quay side buildings visible from across the harbour as large motor cruisers usually block the view, but not this time! Whilst in St Tropez we had lunch at Port de Peche and so here is that little harbour at the back of St Tropez, one of my favourite places in the South of France, and one that I have tried to paint on quite a few occasions!

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Port de peach at St Tropez. Watercolour 14 inches by 10.

Back in the UK I spent a day painting “en plain air” at the Seven Sisters cliffs in East Sussex.

I find it tricky painting outside in the sun but I did manage these two paintings of these spectacular cliffs.img_8459-1

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More recently I have painted this smaller watercolour of Mermaid Street in Rye , also in East Sussex.

The Mermaid Inn, an old Smugglers Tavern, is on the right and whose sign you can see. It has the wonderful inscription outside which reads “Rebuilt in 1407”. Now there is history for you!

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The Mermaid Inn in Rye

I hope you will enjoy these September variations. 

Happy travelling

Brian

Return to the Cote d’Azur – August 2016

Hi Everyone,

Summer on the Cote d’Azur, wonderful, hot, busy and just delightful!

The whole area of Provence is such a beautiful part of the world, with great food, excellent Rose wine and just terrific weather. The sea, the sand, the mountains just make me want to paint and this summer I have managed quite few. Not all totally successful but here they are , and I hope you will enjoy having a look at them.

Firstly St Paul de Vence, always busy with tourists but it is interesting to walk through the narrow streets and go into the art galleries.

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St Paul de Vence from Vence. Watercolour 16 inches by 12.

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The restaurants come to life!

 The second painting is a scene of cafe life in a Provence town as the restaurants come to life in the early evening.

Off the coast of Cannes is the Ile de Lerins, this painting, from a zoomed photo, shows the Abbey on the island where there is a lot of boating activity. It is about a 15 minute boat journey to the island. 

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I do like to paint yachts at sea and although the sea in watercolour is still a challenge for me here is a watercolour painted whilst in Provence.

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The mountains of Haut Provence are always an inspiration, here are two paintings from our holiday, although the scenes are not entirely factual!

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Lavender farm in Provence

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Evening at a Provence village

 For the first time in many years we went to Port Grimaud. This old style but 1960’s marina centred town is an interesting place with lots of Provencal inspired houses around the marina. Could resist a quick painting with our grandkids and family in the little green boat!

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Port Grimaud

Sometimes change of style is worth an experiment, so this last watercolour is a little different from the usual.

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The Old Farm

I hope that you have enjoyed this and the other paintings in this post. It was so great to be back on the Cote d’Azur!

Happy travelling

Brian

Spring on the Cote d’Azur

Hi Folks

We have just returned from lovely week with friends in the south of France on the Cote d’Azur.

It is remarkable how advanced all the trees and plants are there at this time of year. The trees are covered in leaves and many roses are in full bloom already. Spring warmth is really noticeable and we had fine weather although some days had a little wind as well as sun.

Two highlights were a trips to Antibes, St Tropez by the St Maxime ferry and a few hours at the Honey Festival in Mouans-Sartoux, a small town about 10 miles from Cannes. There, many honey producers had stalls and were selling their honey, prominently Lavender honey of course as it is Provence after all!

There were also lots of other things to see including the Chateaux, and some fine jazz was being played in the square whilst we sat and enjoyed some coffee.

Only a few paintings on this trip but hopefully you will like them. First of all painting of a yacht sailing past as we approached St Tropez on the ferry. Just little bit of artistic license to get the positioning right of course!

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A yacht sailing off St Tropez. Watercolour 14 inches by 10.

We always seem to visit Antibes to stroll around the walls and visit the markets held there. So once agin a painting of the spring scene from the coast showing Antibes and the mountains behind still with snow on their peaks. I couldn’t resist adding the painter in the foreground just for fun!

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Antibes in the Spring sun.

And lastly a painting of the poppies in the fields in a village in the Provence countryside. Don’t search for the village though as it may not really exist! It was the poppies at a roadside that inspired this painting. Out much earlier that in England they looked so elegant in the sun.

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Poppies in Provence

I hope you enjoy this short post.  

If you are new to my blog please also visit my Guide Book Page above for this region of France, or look for Brian Tucker on the iBook store. They are free!

Happy travelling

Brian

 

Sun, Sea and Sand!

Cefalu, Sicily

Cefalu in Sicily

Hi Everyone,

Spring is just starting to make an appearance here in Kent in England.

As regular readers of this blog will know I like to paint watercolours from my photos of  seascapes and so I thought a post bringing a few of my Seascapes together might help me look forward to the warmer and  sunnier days to come.

Going through my paintings archive I discovered that there are many such paintings, too many to put here so I have just chosen some that I painted over the past few years. Most of the painting are 14 inches by 10 and painted on Arches 300gsm watercolour paper.

Mostly they are places I am familiar with but one or two fit into the category of place I would like to visit as they were gifts or commissions.

I hope you like them!

Brian

Orfordness Lighthouse (Pope)

Fishing Boats at Orfordness Lighthouse

 

Bude in Cornwall

Bude in Cornwall

Balnakeil, Durness(Sleight)

Balnakeil Strand at Durness in Scotland

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A beach near Paphos in Cyprus

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The beach at Ballycastle in Northern Ireland.

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Sandalwood Bay in the North of Scotland

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Vias Plage in the South of France

The 6th Hole at Pine Cliffs

The Golf Course and Beach at Pine Cliffs in the Algarve in Portugal.

The Mourne mountains

The Beach at Murlough Bay and the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland

Maybe I will do second post on the same theme soon but wherever you are enjoy your travels and the coming of Spring

Brian

 

A few days in France

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Hi

We have just spent a few days in the South of France sorting out one or two things at our apartment. With some rainy as well as sunny weather there was just time for couple of watercolours, one from a photo in a newspaper which caught my eye as a basis for a painting and one from an earlier photo of the beach at Juan les Pins. I wish our few days had all been as sunny as the Juan les Pins painting but after all it is February!

I hope you like them both and maybe I will be able to post again soon.

Heres looking forward to Spring

Brian

Juan les Pins

Juan les Pins

A Day in ………. Villifranche sur Mer, on the Cote d’Azur

The Quai at Villefranche

The Quai at Villefranche. Watercolour 14 inches by 10 on Arches Rough paper.

A Very Happy New Year to you all. Thanks for visiting my site.

Sometimes in the winter it is nice to look back to days spent in a particular place.

Scanning through my paintings it struck me that this theme would make an interesting theme for a Post and so here is the first one of what I hope will grow into a series of Posts.

When we visit The South of France our home there is not far from Villefranche, about 40 minutes, so it makes a nice day out and a lovely place to sit on the Quai and have a delightful lunch.

The town has a nice harbour, a fine , and huge castle and is in sheltered bay on the Mediterranean.

It has become a very popular harbour for cruises too, but it is much nicer there when the cruise ships aren’t!

There is a lovely small Church  (Chapelle Saint Pierre) which dates from the 16th Century by the waterfront  The inside of the Church has been decorated by Jean Cocteau after it’s restoration in 1957. Definitely worth a visit  before or after lunch.

Villefranche has thus become quite a favourite spot for me to paint watercolours of and so here are some of the watercolours of some recent visits there.

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Villefranche, walking by the Castle. Watercolour 14 inches by 10 on Arches Rough paper.

From the harbour there is path around the outside, the sea side , of the castle which gives lovely views of the bay and of the Town and Castle.

Across the Bay is the very tiny Port Passable , above which stands the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild,  a beautiful House and Gardens open to the public. Nearby also is the Villa Grecque Kérylos. Both are very well worth the visit.

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Port Passable at Villefranche.

There is so much to do in and around Villefranche. Access is easy by car or train and I am sure you will enjoy it just as we do.

Happy travelling!

Holiday in France, A Journey in Watercolours

Hi Everybody

We have just spent a lovely few weeks in France, both in Provence and the Lot et Garonne, and a lot of places in between!

Very hot weather and lovely times with friends and family , at the pool, on the beaches, in the mountains, and visiting some beautiful places as we travelled around.

Now back I can get down to creating a blog of the paintings I managed to fit in during our travels, and I hope you will enjoy looking at them. In such hot weather watercolour paintings becomes a bit tricky and speed is really necessary if the paint is not to dry out too quickly. Of course many photos have yet to make it to watercolours but over the next few months I should be able to produce some more!

The Lot and Garonne is a quiet part of France in the South West, not far from Bordeaux in the Aquitaine region. It has many lovely small towns and villages and wonderful rolling countryside covered in farms and homes. It is popular as a holiday home , or permanent home for many UK people who enjoy the relaxed life style of the region.

In the past we have visited this area quite few times and this time  we once again stayed with some good friends who live there all the time.

I have included a painting in this blog from previous visits to give you flavour of the towns and villages.

Of course our first stop was at our usual haunt on the Cote d’Azur where the temperatures were really high. I managed a few paintings whilst there and these are some of them.

Evening in Haut provence

Evening in Haut Provence. Watercolour 14 inches by 10.

A Yacht approaching St Tropez. Watercolour 14 inches by 10.

A Yacht approaching St Tropez. Watercolour 14 inches by 10.

Yachta racing at St Tropez

Yachts racing at St Tropez. Watercolour 14 inches by 10.

And so to the Lot et Garonne

Quite near where we were staying is the market town of Villeneuve sur Lot.

It has a good position at the river and this watercolour shows the view back towards the town.

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Villeneuve sur Lot

Only a few kilometres from Villeneuve is the small village of Pujols en Haut. This is one of the prettiest villages in the region and maybe in all of France. A good place to browse,have coffee and admire the lovely Village. Pujols was sacked many centuries ago which apparently led to the creation of Villeneuve. 

 

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International banners flying in Pujols en Haut. Watercolour 14 by 10 inches.

One of the features of the towns in Lot et Garonne is that many are Bastide Towns. They often have a surrounding wall and are laid out in a regular pattern. One such town, and one well worth visiting, is Monpazier, this painting was done on a previous visit but it gives a flavour of the Town Square in the centre of Monpazier.

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The Square in Monpazier. Watercolour 12 by 9 inches.

After visiting Lot et Garonne we returned to Fayence in Provence for another great weekend with friends.

Fayence is a hill town and boasts many fine restaurants nearby. We really love “Temps de Cerise” and “La Table d’Yves” where the food served and the service are just great.

Enjoy your travels

Brian

Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste rises over Fayence in Provence

Fayence. Watercolour 9 inches by 7.

 

 

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