Ventabren, France in Provence | workaway Jan. ’18 | idyllic town, castle ruins | architectural & textile beauty

A number of weeks after my trip to the New Delhhi airport and back to Frankfurt, during a number of days in limbo in a vacant office building over Christmas in a town not far from Frankfurt, I made a plan. I had warmth, electricity and internet access.  I arranged to go to a workaway in Heuchlingen, German, a work exchange in a village not too far from Stuttgart where I did some outdoor work as well as cooking. I realized my ex beau lived not far from there and visited him in Germany as well.  I documented the trip with lots of photos https://digesthis.wordpress.com/2019/02/02/new-beginnings-germany-a-workaway-in-heuchlingen-december-2017/

I had already begun arranging the  workaway in Ventabren, France in Provence to follow the one in Germany. It was January 2018. Ventabren is a village not far from Aix-en-Provence, which is a gorgeous city. That’s where I met my host and her son, A Russian woman Vicka and her son Maxim.

I visited Aix-en-Provence and took pictures in an earlier hitch to Nice from Montpellier, France to visit my sister. https://carolkeiter.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/hitchabout-nice-antibes-aix-en-provence-arles-and-back-to-a-redefined-montpellier-home/

Aix-en-Provence France Sept. 2017

After having visited Aix-en-Provence and taken the pictures in Sept. 23, 2017, I was now back there in Jan. 2018 about to meet my hosts of the workaway. I happened upon Rue du 4 Septembre in Aix-en-Provence where I took lots of pictures. This was the nearest city to the village where I would do my workaway in Ventabren.

In Aix-en-Provence, I was particularly drawn to the rue du quatre de septembre, because that’s the anniversary of my father’s death in 2012. That’s why I made an album specifically of these signs of rue du 4 Septembre. I had to look up the significance of this date in France. The significance of the date in France is that on the 4th of September, 1870 a new republic was declared.

4th of September France

The 4th of September has personal significance. My father died on the 4th of September, 2012.

On the road leaving Aix-en-Provence en route to the hilled town of Ventabren, this aqueduct was pointed out. Are you kidding me?

Roquefavour Aqueduct, Ventabren, France, Provence, travel, beauty, craftsmanship

Roquefavour Aqueduct near Ventabren France in Provence

Ventabren is a fairy tale, idyllic hilled, once-fortressed town with the ruins of a castle – Château of Queen Jeanne – at the town’s peak.

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Ventabren in Provence, France

Here are the numerous pictures that I took during my stay in Ventabren, France. I was absolutely delighted with the fairy tale landscape and history and the craftsmanship of stone walls, streets, stairs and architecture. The home I resided in is particularly elegant, a breathtakingly gorgeous home with a tailored choice of fine materials; tiles, slate, ceramic, wood. It has beautifully crafted tiles, colors and fabrics and a gorgeous layout of space. Windows look over narrow streets and copper tiled roofs. One doesn’t need to occupy a huge square footage to demonstrate taste and elegance.

Ventabren, workaway, Provence, France

Ventabren in Provence, France 2018

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Ventabren town and interiors in Provence, France 2018

Ultimately, this workaway, in this idyllic town was where circumstances lead me to decide not to continue on the path that I had intended, to organize one after another workaway on a farm or whatever kind of property in France. My VISA had expired. I didn’t want to be informed that i could not return to the country that I love. I also realized that although most of these properties are quite gorgeous and interesting, and i particularly would seek out places with animals, I decided that most are by their nature, remote. It was after that first ‘weekend’ in this idyllic town of Ventabren, that I realized, there wasn’t really any communal place to go to, no night life. I didn’t know anyone other than this family. This would be the same case in most of the other workaways. I had spent the 6 months in Montpellier, a town with multiple universities and tourist town. I could promenade along a street with hundreds of people passing by, go to one among a hundreds of bars and cafés, and found places to dance. I bicycled everywhere in that hilly town, Mont means mountain, so a mt. bike was necessary to adequately peruse the streets.

As you see in Ventabren, my room was adopted by the house cat Croquette. I was very happy about that.

house cat Croquette

house cat Croquette

my room

Ventabren

my room in Ventabren

hanging clothes to get the hitchhiking travel wrinkles out

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Autumn Colors Progression

I bicycled over to the Swan Point cemetery to check out the trees. I sat down as groups of wild turkeys wandered around. I completed this on a second sitting, November 8th.

Pictures of the latest painting progression

 

glue flower petals, bicycle

glue flower petals and leaves on bicycle

carola catrina, Day of the Dead

tiger paint
endangered species

 

 

as la catrina Day of the Dead

Autumn Nature Bliss | Sidewalk Leaf Imprints | Northeast North America

Hey, I have better quality images with my Canon digital camera, but haven’t had it on me on these days bicycling around. Only a phone with not so many dpi pixels, but great subject matter.

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autumn leaves, colors, Northeast, North America

exquisite colors

Autumn Nature Bliss, sidewalk Leaf Imprints

Sidewalk Leaf ImprintsAlong with all of the literally inspiring colors, I found these leaf imprints on the sidewalk of fallen leaves extraordinarily lovely!

Remarkable Sidewalk Leave Prints

Haunting Sidewalk Leave ImPrints

Faber-Castell Watercolor Eastern Hemlock vor Sugar Maple

These Eastern Hemlock leaves dangling before a Sugar Maple was done with Faber-Castell watercolor pencils in two sittings – sketching it out and adding water the first day, then adding some more texture and dimension today, September 30th, 2018 in Swan Point Cemetery in Providence, Rhode Island.

Eastern Hemlock, Sugar Maple, Autumn Arriving, Providence, RI, Swan Point Cemetery, September 39th, 2018

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Eastern Hemlock Art Progression, Faber Castell watercolor pencils, Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, RI, September 2018, Carol Keiter

the beginning of the Eastern Hemlock Art Progression

Eastern Hemlock Art Progression, Faber Castell watercolor pencils, Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, RI, September 2018, Carol Keiter

the beginning of the Eastern Hemlock Art Progression

Eastern Hemlock Art Progression, Faber Castell watercolor pencils, Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, RI, September 2018, Carol Keiter

progress of the Eastern Hemlock Art Progression

And the final signed photographs of the watercolor Eastern Hemlock Autumn Arriving

Autumn, colors, Faber-Castell watercolor pencils

Eastern Hemlock vor Sugar Maple Swan Point Cemetery

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Black Oak Paper Birch Trees and Sunlight Progression | Swan Point Cemetery

Using Faber Castell watercolor pencils, I sketched and painted at Swan Point Cemetery in Providence, Rhode Island…among the living & the dead

Black Oak Paper Birch SwanPoint

Black Oak Paper Birch Swan Point Cemetery Faber Castell Watercolor pencils

 

 

Black Oak Paper Birch Swan Point cemetery – skipped the tomb stones,  just focused on the trees.

 

Trees and Sunlight

Trees and Sunlight

 

skipped the tomb stones and just focused on the trees.

Black Oak Paper Birch Tree Progression , Trees and Sunlight , art, painting, Faber Castell Watercolor pencils, Carol Keiter

Black Oak Paper Birch
This has since been transferred to a Google Photos Album

 

 

Definitely more concerned about the living people than the dead ones I might come across there. Though I respect their place of rest, it is full of life. Almost every tree there is meticulously labeled to appreciate what kind it is.

Black Oak Paper Birch Tree Progression , Trees and Sunlight , art, painting, Faber Castell Watercolor pencils, Carol Keiter

Black Oak Paper Birch – Swan Point Cemetery
Faber Castell Watercolor Art Progression Sept. 18, ’18

 

 

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Sunsets Swans & Clouds

Photographs of Sunsets Swans & Clouds Providence, Rhode Island July 2018

Sunsets Swans & Clouds Providence Rhode Island July 2018

Sunsets Swans & Clouds
Providence Rhode Island July 2018

I ride bicycle but also have been slowing down to walk, particularly along streets with really old majestic trees, properties that value their foliage, and light up the graceful branches of bushes and trees, because obviously they are of HUGE value. I slow down to take it all in, and love especially to here the cricket chorus.

I’ve found a few places that I just absolutely love the trees that the people have kept in their grandiose properties. So glad that I listen and smell and pay attention to details.

So glad that I tune in to this, rather than a phone.

Japanese Garden & The Bridge | 2 Versions | Faber Castell Watercolor Progression | Providence, RI

I realized months later that I wish to reveal each of these paintings from the same view, separately, as the singular processes that each were.

Japanese Garden – Faber Castell watercolor pencil progression of the Japanese Tea Garden in Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island

Japanese Garden – Faber Castell watercolor pencil progression of the Japanese Tea Garden in Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island

Bridge – Faber Castell watercolor 2nd version same view – pencil progression of the Japanese Tea Garden in Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island

Bridge – Faber Castell watercolor 2nd version same view – pencil progression of the Japanese Tea Garden in Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The first rendition, was this one

the Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden – Faber Castell watercolor pencil progression of the Japanese Tea Garden in Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island

Japanese Garden – Faber Castell watercolor pencil progression of the Japanese Tea Garden in Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island

When I returned to complete this one, I merely added some last details for shadows.

I decided right away to start a new one

 

By the time I finished this one, I decided to never sit there for a painting again.It was really close to the carousal, and the music of the carousal remained in my head – after sitting there this second 5 hours or so – later into the evening.

bridge 1st sketch

bridge 1st sketch

bridge proceeding

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the Bridge

Bridge – Faber Castell watercolor 2nd version same view – pencil progression of the Japanese Tea Garden in Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island

Bridge – Faber Castell watercolor 2nd version same view – pencil progression of the Japanese Tea Garden in Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island

 

loving it

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Painting Progression of captivating tree | 2 Versions | Faber Castell Water Color Pencils

captivated with this tree

I created two different versions of this same tree in Roger Williams Park by the Botanical Gardens in Providence, Rhode Island. The first one of – The Tree

Roger Williams park, Providence, Rhode Island, The Tree, Progressive creation, captivating tree, Botanical Gardens, Faber Castell Water Color Pencils, May 5th, 2018

Roger Williams park – The Tree – Progressive creation of captivating tree by Botanical Gardens Providence, Rhode Island | Faber Castell Water Color Pencils – May 5, 2018 cinco de mayo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roger Williams park, Providence, Rhode Island, Elegant Tree and Robin, Progressive creation, captivating tree, Botanical Gardens, Faber Castell Water Color Pencils, May 12, 2018

Roger Williams park – Elegant Tree and Robin – 2nd version Progressive creation of captivating tree by Botanical Gardens Providence, Rhode Island – Faber Castell Water Color Pencils – May 12, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the tree progression

the tree progression

the tree progression

the tree progression

the tree progression

 

 

The First Version

The Tree

Roger Williams park - The Tree - Progressive creation of captivating tree by Botanical Gardens Providence, Rhode Island | Faber Castell Water Color Pencils - May 5, 2018 cinco de mayo

Roger Williams park – The Tree – Progressive creation of captivating tree by Botanical Gardens Providence, Rhode Island | Faber Castell Water Color Pencils – May 5, 2018 cinco de mayo

 

 

 

Completed this first one, captivated with the tree on the lower right hand corner, in two sittings. . I did this today, Cinco de Mayo at Roger Williams park in Providence, Rhode Island, outside of the Botanical Gardens.

 

Here’s the second rendition

Elegant Tree and Robin progression

Elegant Tree and Robin progression

 

Elegant Tree and Robin progression

Elegant Tree and Robin progression

 

Elegant Tree and Robin progression

 

Same tree I’m captivated with by the Botanical Garden in Roger Williams park,

Today’s, 2nd rendition, May 12th, a week later – more space in between to breath

Elegant Tree and Robin

Elegant Tree and Robin progression

Elegant Tree and Robin progression

Elegant Tree and Robin close

Elegant Tree and Robin close

Faber Castell water color pencils with a brush and water

flickr link to my colored pencil watercolor painting of the elegant tree that I fell in love with a week ago

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Tucson, Arizona ‘Christmas Lights’ in July – Illuminated Year Round

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light_color_storyline_cactus_cactus

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arizona_hotel_lights

blue_and_white_lights copy

lantern_lizard

lantern_lizard

lantern_quail

lantern_quail

Tucson Christmas lights flickr link

Tucson Christmas lights

tucson illuminated

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Here’s the link to a bunch of pictures.

Bare with me in terms of the quality of the photographs. Some have managed to capture the essence, whereas others fall way short of what my eyes were seeing, because of the equipment (and lack of it) that I’m using. I mainly want to reveal that here in Tucson the ‘Christmas lights’ that I saw perusing around streets on my bicycle all over town in February, are still here in July. Tucson citizens and businesses have this creative decorative flair for their homes and businesses and downtown areas that are lit up, all year round. I love it. The most enchanting thing I found one evening, was a huge tree that looked like a fairyland with green laser pointed lights shining onto all of its branches. My camera just can not capture this, too bad. I’m using a Canon camera that is holding on and doing its best. And I’m doing my best without a tripod and all of the functionality of a fully working camera, with no special lenses. So I wince when I see a shot, take it, and it just barely captures in the darkness, what my eyes are seeing. In fact, I notice that in the viewfinder of the camera, the lights look more bright and then upon snapping the photo, it promptly dims. I’m also using an android phone for some shots that seems to function better for the dark shots, yet is obviously much grainier in texture, less dpi than the Canon.

 

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illuminated_tree_branches_closeup

illuminated_tree_branches_closeup

people have a permanent giraffe almost full size

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illuminated_churchyard_

tucson_inn_white_lit_trees_

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corner_wall_dinosauer_closup

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closeup of tile art

lit house with tile piece

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lantern_closeup

red_lights

blue_and_white_lights copy

lights

restaurant_lights

illuminated_tree_branches_bench

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lantern_indian_flute_player_echo

lantern_indian_flute_player_echo

lantern_indian_flute_player

lantern_lizard

lantern quail

lantern_quail

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glass_lantern_green_trim

christmas_tree

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white_lights_cluster_porch

 

 

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light_color_storyline_cactus

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light_color_storyline_shotting_star_planets

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blue_pearls

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illuminated_tree

restaurant column lights, Tucson, Arizona

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Carol Keiter blogger and photographer shiny in the above 100º temperatures

Carol Keiter blogger and photographer shiny in the above 100º temperatures

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Seven Cultural Concepts we don’t have in the U.S. | Live Each Moment More Fully

Seven Cultural Concepts we don't have in the U.S.

Seven Cultural Concepts we don’t have in the U.S.

The author of this article: 7 Cultural Concepts we don’t have in the U.S. in Mother Nature Network says at the end, “I’d like to integrate some of these ideas into my own life. Over the last few years I have dropped Christmas and Easter (I’ve been an atheist for over 25 years now) and replaced them with a Solstice celebrations; I have remade New Year’s into a quiet, reflective time (the antithesis of a party); and have incorporated an appreciation and gratefulness aspect into my almost-daily meditation routine. I’ve kept Thanksgiving, though mine is vegetarian, so the focus is on the harvest and thanks and not killing a turkey. And I celebrate Halloween some years, when I feel into it, and not if I don’t. And forget Valentine’s Day! ”