It’s good to be back in Le Cannet, our little corner of the Côte d’Azur which was our home for the past two years. Michael and I arrived early to set everything up for our workshop starting on Monday. It’s early Spring, bright sunshine and cool breeze. Scents of orange blossom waft on the air, but it’s the aroma of coffee and freshly baked croissants which draws us to Francine and Pierre’s lovely Artisan Patissier Chocolatier on the historic Rue Saint Sauveur. A shady spot under a tree beside an ancient water fountain, I sketch the scene – dappled shade on the narrow street, bright flowers in a raised planter, wonderful old doorways and shutters, the quiet of a late Saturday morning.

Spring morning on Rue Saint Sauveur

Spring morning on Rue Saint Sauveur

Rue Saint Sauveur Le Cannet

Rue Saint Sauveur Le Cannet

My sketching kit

My sketching kit

In the afternoon I head to the Musée Bonnard to view the current exhibition from the museum’s permanent collection. Sketching here with pen and ink allows me to explore the beautiful work with a special focus. I especially love the intimacy of Bonnard’s simple pencil sketches of Le Cannet and the surrounding countryside, all in a tiny notebook from his daily walks.

Sketchbook studies

Sketchbook studies

Studies from Bonnard Museum

Studies from Bonnard Museum

As evening falls we stop to visit some friends in town – Philippe, our favourite fromager to pick up some gorgeous Brie and persillé blue cheese – and Ludovic at the Cave wine shop, for a bottle of crisp, cold rosé. On the hotel terrace we toast the day as the sun dips behind the hill. La vie est belle!

6 Responses to “Spring in Le Cannet”

  1. Christine S. Meyer

    Dear Brenda Very nice to hear from you.The spring and the sun now more often arriving in Berlin . Gunter has a heart problem! He is now for a longer time in hospital for a surgery on the open heart( (Bypass) If you see Pim and Gonnie, please give my greetings to them from us! It was a wonderful time withe all in the Hangar! Looking forward to see you on same day Hugs&kisses Christine

    Liebe Grüße Christine

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    Tel. +49 30 548 111 53 Mobile +33 7 86 477 072 Email: Christine.SF.Meyer@gmail.com

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  2. Mary McCarthy

    Oh you are teasing us all Brenda. Wish I was there. Hope you have a wonderful week.

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  3. Anne McWilliams

    It all looks so beautiful Brenda – relaxing and aesthetically perfect. Really envy you all – roll on next year when I can join you.

    Have a truly wonderful holiday
    Warmest wishes
    Anne

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  4. Patricia Donnelly

    Dear Michael and Brenda, I am not an artist but I would so love to be there with you! You paint the picture so well! Hope to hear from you when you get home so that we can arrange a catch-up. Hugs and kisses always, Patricia Donnelly

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