Carcassonne painting, atmospheric, poetic, romantic, an ideal way to remember Carcassonne.
Carcassonne painting 76 x 121 cm (30″ x 48″), £ 5,575.
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Carcassonne at sunrise, painting the justifiably most famous monument between Monte Carlo and Bordeaux.
I’ve been so fortunate as to be able to visit Carcassonne and it’s surroundings several times thus make a considered study for possible paintings.
Carcassonne is stands beside the Aude river in the wide Aude valley checkered with vineyards and a rich history set in south west France.
You can see several similar views if you take the Carcassonne Aire off the autoroute and pause to view this splendid city.
I chose to use a ‘Power painting‘ method for this study.
Following a very carefully selected composition, my initial spontaneous reaction to the colours, exploiting my rather odd colour vision has been combined with accurate drawing skills to produce a picture that is immediately recognisable yet with many abstract passages to engage your imagination and stimulate emotions.
The design was initially marked out in charcoal.
That worked so well with and when the first colours were added, I decided to retain untouched many of the original charcoal marks in place and retain the initial colours as ‘power painted’ in.
Thus we have accurate strong drawing and painting combined with the raw spontaneous beauty of first impressions.
I found further inspiration,as can you, by exploring this facinating city, enjoying the activities, shops and especially the very good, reasonably prices restaurants of the central plaza.
If you would like to own and enjoy an unusual and very original result working with a famous and instantly recognisable city; this is it.
The Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne
with pre Roman origins has a part mythical, almost fairy tale story to tell to you and some good inexpensive restaurants with a memorable ambiance in its heart.
This medieval walled city is without doubt the most famous, most fabulous monument between Monte Carlo and Bordeaux.
Prior to the Roman period, Carcassonne already had trading and strategic significance.
A fortified settlement existed on the hill where Carcassonne now stands.
In its present form it is an outstanding example of a medieval fortified town and UNESCO World Heritage listed.
The tale of Carcassonne includes it’s origins, the mysterious Cathars, exterminated as corrupter’s of the church’s message by Roman Catholic ‘crusaders’, of siege and an heroic defense ably lead by the first lady of the city, and not least of it’s remarkable preservation by far sighted folk in the 19 th century
Carcassonne has been an unforgettable experience for many a traveler and tourist, visited by a very long list of distinguished people, a list as varied as Sir Winston Churchill, Mick Jagger, Mark Twain and Walt Disney.
You are unlikely to be disappointed if you visit Carcassonne!
The Black Mountains, Les Montagne Noire or in the local language of Occitan: Montanha Negra, are now mostly a Park National, a voyage of discovery and surprises is awaiting you there where you can still find a much older old France.
There are times in winter when the mountains do appear black and white.
This is a region rich in history with a mostly Mediterranean climate.
The Black Mountains are not particularly high, they are though home to many remote and surprising areas.
The Black Mountains rise 1,200m from the Toulouse plain, they have both rural charm and scenery to take your breath away – dappled forests and epic mountain lakes where the wooded slopes and pastures. The snowy peaks of the Pyrenees can often be seen in sharp focus from the other side of the plain.
The tranquility belies a violent history – it was here that the Cathars made their last stand against the Albigensian crusaders in the 13th century, and the French Resistance were active here during the second world war. The mountains have many gorges guarded by the ruins of ancient chateaux, forts and castles, ideal inspiration for novelists, romantic painters and film sets.
The Montagne Noire are caught in a time warp, anachronistic even for rural France. A dwindling population live in stone-built villages many of which have stood since the time of the Cathars. There’s a real sense of wilderness. Wild beasts, boar, deer, others, roam the woodlands and forest.
sit on a dusty plain, in wine terms, the western extremity of the Languedoc.
Carcassonne wines are not as well known when compared to the more famous areas to the east and south so in effect offer you some delightful surprises at very fair prices.
There are three distinct, neighbouring wine appellations, for the most part set among the hills and woodlands to the south, west and north of the historic city.
Many good Vins de Pays are produced in the area too.
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