For the last 5 WEEKS, I’ve been at an artists’ residency in the town of Vallauris, in the south of France, the French Riviera…aka Paradise. In between French wine, French food, and good-looking guys speaking French to me, I’ve been working on storyboards for TWO short films for when I get back to Canada.
Here’s some of what I’ve seen!
Our residence. I was in the TOP floor!
Sculpture on the side of the building, created by a previous resident names James.
The square outside our building.
The statue in front of the church.
The view out my studio window!
The patio of Cafe du Coin, RIGHT outside our front door.
Pissaladière. Olives, anchovies and a tomato sauce on a pizza crust. SO. GOOD.
DESSERT. Lemon tart. NOM.
Church of the Miseracorde on another town square.
A statue made by Picasso, which he gave to the town.
This ENTIRE building was kiln for firing ceramics. The wood fire was built in the main floor, the entire second floor was filled with pots, and those holes under the roof was where the black smoke came out.
Your average roundabout.
Vallauris’ main street.
All of the pots on the main street are decorated!
EVERY Thursday night there was a concert down the road from us. This night, it was jazz.
Two of my colleagues looking out over the show.
Picasso lived in Vallauris for a while. There are murals and monuments to him everywhere.
Ordinary 15th century street.
Wouldn’t YOU want to live here??
Fete de la Potterie!
St Claude, patron saint of potters. Yep.
We were invited to a beautiful 4-course lunch at the town’s community centre — BRIGHT colours everywhere.
At Cafe du Coin the night of the Fete…
…some strolling guitarists just showed up!