Several years ago I had the opportunity to bike through Provence, France. It was the opportunity of a lifetime. I fell in love with the area.
One of our stops was in Uzes at the Jardin du Sur. This was wonderful open air flower market on a very hot Sunday. I spent quite some time there, sketching, taking photos, writing postcards, and, of course, buying a souvenir or two. The flowers and the people were so inspiring.
A few weeks ago, I was going through the old photos and my journal when I came across these references to the flower market. I decided to create the larger painting first which is on a red-toned canvas panel. After I was finished with it, it seemed a bit too busy even though I had cut out many details.
Then I decided to do another painting of the same scene but just a close-up of the two main figures. This was on a canvas which I had toned fuchsia! Yes, really! I think I like the second canvas better but what do you think?
Anyway, if you’d like to see a step-by-step, visit this page where you can follow along on both of the paintings.