This morning we went to  Castelfranc, a small town on the Lot River. We had gone there for dinner in 2013 and briefly visited a garden in the town center. The Garden of the Senses is a wonderful medieval style garden next to a small stream that flows through the town on its way to the Lot.

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We remembered many beautiful small views that would be ideal for painting. However, we wanted some morning photos. It would be too hot throughout the day to stand and paint.

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We also explored the church and found beautiful stained glass, an ancient wind up clock that worked on the face of the church until 1964, and the familiar architecture of French Catholic churches.

We drove back on the south side of the Lot River through vineyards and a dozen small villages. It is a small road, but less busy than the highway on the north side of the river. The grapes are hanging heavy on the vines and the walnuts are getting plump in the late summer sun. It looks like a good harvest this year.

Back in our relatively cool studio by 1:00 PM for lunch and a lazy afternoon. Perhaps some painting or drawing.


About Paul

I'm retired, but working at painting, photography, and song writing. We like to travel and paint plein air in new places. Of course that's also where photography comes into the picture, so to speak. Sometimes I get inspired to write songs about the people and places we visit.
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1 Response to Castelfranc

  1. Jean-Paul Dumont says:

    I like very much your almost abstract picture of the stained glass window. In all this, the worst part of your blurb is that you make your reader wish to go and to discover the beauties of the Lot valley. How nice!

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