Painting a typical fête des vins, Sauveterre, Entre Deux Mers, Bordeaux region of France !
61 x 915 cm (24″ x 36″), available £/€ 1500.
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with the vivant Mediterranean music by Los Musaicos, everything except the unforgettable sounds!
I was aware there was a festival, unaware I’d be invited into the middle of it and quite unable to leave for a very merry 5 hours, unaware it was a wine festival.
Every painting should be an experiment.
I believe in pushing my personal boundaries hence this study deliberately loose, my intention being to go for the atmosphere rather than detail, of one of the most surprising most spontaneous afternoons in my life.
A timeless painting to give you pleasure every time you see it upon your wall.
The mayor said to me, “you can speak English if you wish. This town changed hands so many times during the 100 Years War we speak both languages“.
in the heart of ‘Entre Deux Mers’ (the land between two rivers), a picturesque walled town in the middle of the Bordeaux wine region.
Entre Deux Mers is well known for it’s fine wines, particularly cool crisp whites.
A few years back, en route Gaillac to Saint Emilion I stopped for what I thought would be a brief lunch at Sauveterre-de-Guyenne a commune in the Gironde near Bordeaux.
Asked to join the company, offered copious amounts of wine I tried to explain I still had an hour’s drive ahead of me.
I was told “Don’t worry, the chief of police was present and said he had made sure all his men were off duty“; now there is a man who understands law enforcement.
Sauveterre-de-Guyenne was founded as an English Bastide in 1281 by King Edward I of England.
L’Entre-deux-Mers, Bordeaux France, a relaxed land between two seas, a land rich with history and legends.
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