Since arriving Friday JP has been kept busy. Saturday we painted here at the house. It was great fun to have him here to contribute to the art and discussions. We all shared our works throughout the day.
Sunday we went into St. Remy for the the Route des Artistes, a monthly outdoor art show that occurs during the summer. This was the last one of the season. Artists set up stalls along the streets of the old town. In addition to seeing some terrific art we got to talk with many of the artists. They were quite fun to talk to, share ideas and techniques, and just make friends. Aymard Savinas had very interesting impressionist paintings of women in gowns. We talked with her and her husband, Henry, at length. What a great way to make friends with art! Of course we also stopped for lunch at a restaurant and glace late in the afternoon. It was a great day.
Today returned to The Camargue to introduce JP to this French jewel. Our favorite site there is the Parc Ornithologique Pont de Gau. It was a windy day that started cool, but became quite warm late in the afternoon. The wind kept the mosquitoes at bay. It also kept the flamingos relatively inactive, but the large flocks are impressive nonetheless. We walked one trail, stopped for lunch at the cafe, did some sketching, and then walked another trail to see the Camargue horses, and ended with a final loop through the lakes for more flamingos. It was a wonderful day capped with pasta, salad, wine, cheese, and dessert in our house. Here are some photos from my cell phone camera from today.
Here are a few photos from Jean taken today at the Camargue.