An older painting but new on the web site, “Chateau near Castelnau de Montmiral”.
I half expected to see the ‘Three Musketeers’ appear; as one often does in that part of L’Occitane…!
Instead, the owners Claude and Sylvie Picault appeared to ask what we were doing.
They invited us when we had finished, to visit the chateau, soon becoming firm friends.
I forget the exact name of this ancient chateau, maybe some one can remind me?
Our challenge, one I have often accepted, was to see what would happen by painting in inclement weather.
At that time I was accompanied by another artist, from Bermuda.
We were studying based at the now renowned Painting School of Montmiral.
The chateau we choose to paint is an easy walk down hill passing fields and woodland from the bastide village of Castelnau de Montmiral.
Claude, a former master mariner, to my surprise, later commissioned two marine paintings
One became a spectacular study of ‘his’ Liberty ship “Trun” in heavy weather.
The other painting is a beautiful rendering of their classic family yacht, family shown onboard, “Nizou IV off Taormina in Sicily, Vesuvius in the background”.
As painted, this fortified chateau and the hot summer weather with occasional rain off the Pyrénées, is typical of this very fertile region, a region of untypical properties in the remote, mysterious L’Occitaine region of Midi-Pyrénées.
I’ve met people who say this region is “Paradise”; visit and you will soon discover why they say that.
Painted on location, this fine study measures 40 x 50 cms (15¾” x 19¾”), available, £2,000.
This painting with its extraordinary ambience would make a fine reminder of Midi-Pyrénées, SW France, for a private collection, hotel of restaurant.