My residency at La Porte Peinte Centre pour les Arts (LPP) is going by so quickly. A lot of new paintings and drawings are finished and I have explored quite a bit of the area but there’s so much more to see & do, more people to meet, more places to explore. Luckily, there are plans in the works for me to return for another LPP residency next year.

private1This weekend LPP is hosting an Open Studio (Atelier Ouvert) so friends and neighbors of the Art Center can see what I’ve been working on for the past few weeks. My work has really changed—having time without the distractions of my everyday routine has allowed me to concentrate intently, experiment and let these new experiences influence my process and my paintings. The landscape is the most prevalent influence, Noyers is surrounded by farms and vineyards (it is in Burgundy afterall….). The furrows & colors of the fields are evident in my new paintings and drawings. Reading about history of painting (awesome book lent to me by Michelle Anderson Binczak of La Porte Peinte!) has got me obsessed with verdaccio, terre vert, verdigris & yellow ochres.

Highlights of last week’s trip to Paris: Louvre, Musée d’Orsay where they had a Van Gogh exhibition, Musée de ‘Orangerie to see the room full of Chaim Soutine paintings, Sennelier to stock up on art supplies, Deyrolle, Musée des Arts & Metiers & of course the food, wine & people watching.

Photos from my residency: