5ft x 4ft (1.5 x 1.2 meters) oil on canvas. A Welsh Cat in a French Landscape.Painted during lock down, this symbolic image of Christeve the Cat overlooking the village of Mas Cabardes – SW France demonstrates why sketch books are so vital in the life of an artist.
I used two of the many rapid sketches I produced in Mas Cabardes eleven years ago as the foundation block for this image. Sketches are thoughts on paper…in this case very quick responses to what I was seeing. They can become excellent reference material.
Given that Christeve the Cat lived with me in Wales for several years, I have a zillion sketches of her:)
I have always loved the French landscape and particularly the villages of SW and Southern France with their orange roofs. I have many dear friends in France and have painted and exhibited there a great deal. For many years I have wanted to live there…and maybe one day I will, but not wishing to sound like a cliche – the lock down has reminded me that home is ‘within’.
Plus as we now must surely understand. ‘everything is interconnected’
Wishing one and all a beautiful and creative weekend.