A Welsh Cat in a French landscape – the story behind the painting.

5ft x 4ft (1.5 x 1.2 meters) oil on canvas.   A Welsh Cat in a French Landscape.96214822_10158339963345396_6930736945429479424_oPainted 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. 20200518_101650Sketches are thoughts on paper…in this case very quick responses to what I was seeing.         They can become excellent reference material.    

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Given that Christeve the Cat lived with me in Wales for several years, I have a zillion sketches of her:)37741212_10156512625865396_5819395929748275200_o

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.

Janet 🙂

28 thoughts on “A Welsh Cat in a French landscape – the story behind the painting.

  1. tessaphilips

    Lovely journey Janet, thanks for sharing your thoughts and vibrant colours! XTessa

    Sent from my iPhone

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning David…Thank you for such a lovely comment. Very pleased you enjoyed this post….and I wish you and your family a beautiful Memorial Day weekend. It is another glorious day here – hope the same is true for you. Janet 🙂

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  2. davidjrogersftw

    I want to add to my comment above. My machine got stuck above and i couldn’t type more. I wanted to say I love the cat as I love all cats and they love me. Your writing craft is so good. Gentle, easy-going, succinct. What a pleasure to read. Best.

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  3. America On Coffee

    The story behind the art is always exciting. A Welsh Cat theme here is an entertaining concept, And, your sketches are brilliant. . I always love your color scheme too. Cats are so gravitated upon France Loving hugs to you! 🌺🌺🌺💕💕💕

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      1. America On Coffee

        Hi there Janet. What a loving exchange, a smile for a smile! Your artistry of perfect, soft colors and shapes, truly stimulate my imagination. Big Hugs for rainbow matching my heart!🌈💕

  4. ĽAdelaide

    I am late discovering this lovely post. Your work always inspires me and I could use a little about now. I hope you are well and your world is not tilting like a windmill. xx

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