|The Reminder List|
This morning we bid farewell to our dear Fiona, who headed back early in the day to Scotland. Then Julie, Lizz, Karla and I piled into the car to meet the others at Saint-Loup-Sur-Thouet. The first thing we noticed on our journey was that the hunters were out this morning in full force. We believe hunting season may have just started. It was great to see them out there with their rifles and their dogs, although we thought maybe we should be wearing an orange vest, or perhaps wrap an orange vest around our car! Distracted by the hunters and the many fields of dried sunflowers, we soon discovered we were lost. Not to fear! Julie took out the trusty map. Realizing that the trusty map was not enough, we then decided it was time to ask for directions, as we women know we sometimes must do, and a local farmer set us back on track.
|Ok.... where in the #$%@ are we?|
|We women know when it's time to ask for directions!|
The town of Saint-Loup-Sur-Thouet proved to be a painter's delight, with it's narrow streets, picturesque buildings, stream and chateau. Several of us spent quite some time sitting at an outdoor cafe, eating lunch (mine was a delicious sandwich of jambon and fromage with butter, Iren's was frog legs), drinking kir, then eating chocolate mousse and creme brulee. Divine! Many others in the group also stopped to eat, ordering items like salad with smoked duck. The cafe owner was a wonderful woman who spoke NO english, yet Iren and Karen seemed to have no problem communicating with her and getting her to pose for a portrait and a sculpture. No language barrier there. She kissed the girls on both cheeks when they left.
|Wine and Colored Pencils|
|Karen Cope sculpting the Cafe owner, Silvie|
|Kate Hunter Kashem painting|
|Lynn Gertenbach & Lani Emanuel (behind the easel!) painting|
As the day drew to a close, one by one our three cars returned to the main house for dinner, and the works in progress were leaned against walls to dry.
|The paintings are beginning to take shape|