Tuesday morning had us working on our journals and getting them to a point where they'd be ready to bind. A real treat presented itself in the form of Carole Watanabe. Her art hangs on the walls of La Cascade and she is a friend of Gwen, the former owner. Carole had stopped by a few times to see us and we all took a liking to her. She was kind enough to invite us to see her place in Soreze and we had planned on taking her to lunch.
Carole had a student (and friend) named Heike who was there taking lessons from her. Heike is a dear. The two of them prepared a spaghetti lunch for us and it was delicious. We were awash with their hospitality.
Carole took us on a tour of her house and each room is covered with Carole's art hanging on the walls, painted directly on the walls and there are mosaics of broken pottery that she's put in spot all throughout. Each bedroom has a different feel to it. One may be the Matisse room or the Monet room.
The wall below is in one of the bathrooms.
Yes, it was Art Heaven and had the most warm spirit about the home.
Carole's studio in Soreze.
I loved the painting on the easel and found out it was done by Heike. I told Carole I thought it was her own work and was going to ask if it was for sale. As it turns out, I bought Heike's first art sale. I love it. I had to remove it from the frame to get it home but will have it re-stretched and possibly framed. We all bought some of Carole's pieces and loved them all.
We took a walking tour of Soreze.
Every where you turned, there was a spot for a picture and worthy of being a painting.
It was the highlight of our time in southern France for me. I loved the other places but art is why we were here and it was great to meet a fellow artist.