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Day 10: Sketches and postcards

Running low on paint (fresh supplies are on their way Monday) I decided to focus my energy seriously on drawing and getting some postcards made. And biking- i went for a substantial bike ride to nearby LA Villeneuve-au-Chatelot (about 20 km round trip) to a wind farm (which is going to be a subject of an upcoming painting)

Villenauxe-la-Grande

Villenauxe-la-Grande

Nogent-sur-Seine 

Nogent-sur-Seine 

La Villeneuve-au-Chatelot

La Villeneuve-au-Chatelot


Day 9: a musical wander around

A productive day to be sure, I finished 2 paintings, began some drawings for my monster children book, and spent several hours wandering around Marnay-sur-Seine sketching and listening to music, after 3 songs I forced a change of scenery. So I felt justified in having a movie night with some of my fellow residents. There is still a train strike so have not yet headed to Paris as I originally intended to the last few days.

The Seine from my bridge in Marnay-sur-Seine

The Seine from my bridge in Marnay-sur-Seine

Nuclear towers keep drawing my eye

Nuclear towers keep drawing my eye


Day 8: Three at once

Another beautiful day, so I moved the studio out of doors, got really into my vampire novel on tape and worked on three paintings about Marnay-sur-Seine, an image of fields and nuclear power plants, an image of the sun setting over the Seine,  and this one, which I finished, of CAMAC itself from the bridge over the Seine.


Day 7: salad nicoise and YA novels

Today I stayed entirely at the residency... we'll say mostly working but also getting weepy over "The Fault in Our Stars" and enjoying the nice weather with a picnic while I worked. A wonderful salad nicoise for dinner and bread pudding! Then b a k to the studio where I started a Sookie Stackhouse novel on tape and began 3 new paintings. I also wrapped up these two as close as I could get them.

A scene observed on my bike ride near Villenauxe-la-Grande

A scene observed on my bike ride near Villenauxe-la-Grande

The revised rooftops of Marnay-sur-Seine

The revised rooftops of Marnay-sur-Seine

And in a fit of inspiration I began 3 new paintings of the Seine. Also hot water broken on my shower... hoping that is a temporary condition!

Day 4: lazy seine swimming

Well the day started as a very warm beautiful sunny day and me , a bit sore from the day befores epic ride, so I decided to stay local. I am obsessed with the roof tops in Marnay-surSeine so I set about to sketching them. After a few hours it became quite hot in the sun... so I decided now is the time to finally swim. In the Seine!  I headed down to the quiet little beach and jumped in...it's a good thing I regularly swim at the National Seashore, it prepared me for how shockingly cold the water is.But once I got frozen enough I could do a few laps with the fishes and not get swept away by the current. More sketching, yoga, work , a lovely pasta dinner, then I watched the sunset over the water.... OK enough time wasting! I began this painting which I am still not 100% happy with of Marnay-surSeine roof tops. 

The rooftops of Marnay-sur-Seine from the terrace of CAMAC

The rooftops of Marnay-sur-Seine from the terrace of CAMAC

Day 3: intense wheat field bicycling

Technically I will start the days progress the night before... I had begun working on a painting of Seville, Spain from a drawing of mine as I was in such a hurry to try my new paints and brushes. I stayed up well past 3 amy finishing it, shown here:

Seville, Spain

Seville, Spain

So I decided to start the day with a nice long bike ride to town in ordered 1) to get acquainted with the area 2) to buy provisions at the store and finally withdraw cash and 3) to wear myself out so that I will start sleeping at normal times A 4 hour adventure ensued! Mainly because if you want to not get run off the main road (and with no helmet and poor brakes - it wouldn't be good) you need to take dirt/cow paths many of which lead nowhere, so a lot of false starts. But once I found the right one and I was on a plain of corn of wheat it was glorious. I may or may not have song the title song to Oklahoma!

The bike ride to Nogent -sur- Seine

The bike ride to Nogent -sur- Seine

I passed one of Marnay-surSeine.'s most noticeable neighbors, the nuclear power plant.It really drew my eye and struck me as the most Van Gogh-sequence thing I've seen yet- the swirling steam and the way every piece of wheat was visible.  To my surprise after a delicious dinner of risotto, salad and fruit and cheese I stayed up late to paint it.

The nuclear power plant at Nogent- with farm and wheatfield

The nuclear power plant at Nogent- with farm and wheatfield