1.The painting on barn wall progresses now that the weather is better; it is tiring though, I feel as though I am hurdling as I continually flit back and forth across those terraced walls, and up and down the ladders, standing back to check how colours and tones balance; oh, I am not complaining too much, c’est bon “pour la ligne” !
2. Hanging at the window, at home in the kitchen, Ehbeh has taken a new stance- his hands on hips waiting for me to make his night shirt. I notice that even though I haven’t painted his face yet, there appear to be the faint markings of eyes and a mouth, and an expression is forming as if by magic. It’s strange…. all I did was sand his face a bit smoother, and there it is.
3. I went to see about another job last week at Château des Vigiers. It’s a small one: 2 doors to be “patined” and gilded, both sides, and the numbers 11 and 12 to be painted on them. (I painted these doors 24 years ago,they have been changed to fire doors so hence the job) That’s for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, no holidays for me ! The Château is a hotel and country golf club, I painted their restaurant “ Les fresques” 24 years ago, and it’s still going strong after all these years, Graham and I refurbished it about 5 years ago. Here is a photo
4. The same goes for the Salon de Thé, shown here, (I originally painted this 24 years ago with another painter,) Graham and I re-painted it last year, in approximately the same colours. You cannot really see the patining and gilding in the photograh, but it makes a huge but subtle difference to the “feel’ of the room when you are in there.
6. And lastly, news on Graham: here is a metal table he is constructing, and a pic of a fellow 2cv enthusiast, our friend John Griefen. Ours is very nearly on the road. We will be bleeding the brakes today, then soon, we will be roaring around the countryside, (hopefully). However, it will be impossible to be incognito with that vivid yellow!
And yes that is a gurney you see in the foreground…….don’t ask!!