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Vineyards nestle up to the wooded hillsides that surround the town of Vaison-la-Romaine where I live. Forests of Mediterranean shrubs, oaks and pines densely cover the hills.
Paths and narrow roads crisscross these forests. They were once the only tracks that linked one hilltop village to another.
I have been walking these trails for the last few years, getting to know the feel and atmosphere of these ancient paths ways, absorbing the silence and inhaling the scents of boxwood, wild thyme, mint and lavender.
This painting shows one such track that takes the ‘less trodden path’ between the Village of Séguret and Vaison. The eye is led past the dark pines slowly fading into the mist of twilight and becoming silhouetted against the glow of the clouds, through to the distant lights of the town peeking over the brow of the hill.
I’ve been away for a little while, traveling and on my return to Provence, I made this painting. A bit of distance probably worked its magic to bring it out of my mind’s eye.
I’d love to read what you feel about ‘Le Chemin de Vaison-la-Romaine’.