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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 5: A long days journey into the bike

I admit that I didn't get a whole lot of art made today... but I did absorb a lot of potential ideas.

It was a hot, beautifully clear day - and I decided to push out further than I had so far on my bike. I headed north about 11 km on a combination of bike friendly and bike unfriendly roads.

The view from my bike

The view from my bike

My ultimate destination was the small town (but giant compared to Marnay-sur-Seine) of Villenauxe-la-Grande.  Signs around town pointing to an eco festival ended up being a bust but it was a very pretty little town with a gorgeous town square. I had a delicious and super affordable lunch of salad nicoise,  steak and fries and chocolate mousse.  Rather than biking off on a full stomach I stuck around and made this drawing of the church and surrounding square. 

Drawing of Villenauxe-la-Grande

Drawing of Villenauxe-la-Grande

I came home an indirect route- circling through fields and the tall elvis like woods surrounding Barbuise.  30 km round trip! Was super hot on my return so I jumped right into the Seine for a cool dip.