Monday, 19 January 2009

Angles sur L'Anglin France Pt.2

We are visiting one of the most beautiful medieval villages in France. Angles sur L'Anglin gets it's name from the Angles, the Saxon tribe that invaded England in the 5th century.

It is about an hour's drive from where we are staying and by sheer coincidence an artist friend of ours is running a 2 week painting holiday here, so we made it our first port of call on this trip. Phil was also my art teacher for a while so I begin with a photo of one of my paintings, not done in situ., but from a photograph at home.

Here we are visiting Phil and his wife Pam at the chateau where the art course is taking place. The guests who are Phil's students from England, spend the morning painting the scenery around the village. They then have a few hours off in the afternoon to swim or relax before back to painting in a studio before dinner, which usually takes place outdoors, at one of the market place restaurants. Pam & Phil used their R & R time to show us around so do come with us, you won't be disappointed. The temperature is in the mid 80's f.
If you double click you will see Alan in the centre of the photo with Pam.

Ruins of Chateau Guichard which dominates the village

Stay tuned for Part 3


Willow said...

What a beautiful village! I have never had a great desire to visit France, but now I will be rethinking this!

Bernideen's Tea Time Blog said...


Your painting is really beautiful!
Such lovely photos of your trip!
I have a new blog at blogspot -comevisit-

Elizabethd said...

We so loved finding this village some years ago. I wonder if you saw any of the drawn threadwork that the village is famous for?

zetor said...

Beautiful photos Barbara. You have been tagged see my blog for details.

Me Maw said...

lovely, lovely photos!

Susan Skitt said...

Stunning Barbara, really. I love all your pictures and trips!!!

Barb said...

Hi Barbara,
Happy new Year to you!
Your painting is amazing. God blessed you with loads of talent.

What a breathtaking chateau. Just heavenly.

Have a blessed week.


bennie and patsy said...

Thank you for the tour, it is lovely. Your painting is wonderful.

Elizabeth said...

You can see why artists would be attracted to this very lovely village.
I think I saw the original of the painting on the top!
Makes the USA look particularly........well, don't like to be disloyal.........

Chrissy said...

Hi... not sure how I found you, but I am thrilled to bits that i did.... my husband is from Ireland and these photos make my heart ache for Bangor.... lovely blog, just lovely!!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

You're an artist, too? That's a beautiful painting and it's beautiful whether taken from a photograph or not.

Such beautiful villages and countryside. There's one little spot near here that reminds me of a French pastoral scene... Maybe one day I will find myself there.

Maddy said...

It's really no surprise that artists from around the world spend time in France being inspired. It's just so beautiful, even the streets are romantic.

Winifred said...

That painting is lovely you're very talented Barbara.

The photographs must be wonderful reminders of your visit.

Lorrie said...

Your painting is beautiful. Such talent! What beautiful photos of France. Ooh la la!


Needled Mom said...

Oh my, Barbara, that is a gorgeous village. It looks like a picture postcard. I can see why painting would come naturally. Enjoy your time there.

nanatrish said...

This is so beautiful! I wish I could jump on a jet and come along with you. What a stunning place!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful area Barbara. I could almost feel the warmth of the sun on this drizzly afternoon. Were those hollyhocks?

What an artist you are- the painting is so accurate. Well done yo must've been so pleased with it.

Linda said...

That is a great painting!

Miss Kitty, NFC said...

I love that French village....there are certainly lots of beautiful structures to use for the painting class. Your painting, by the way, is very pleasing to the eye....a delicate touch with very satisfying colors and shape. You have a wonderful talent, Barbara.

a woman who is said...

Well my goodness, you have been holding out on us. You paint too! How lovely.

I want to jump into some of these photos and be right there! So what is with all the beautiful hollyhocks on the sides of the road???

Do they have a hollyhock fairies or what! I love this makes me want to paint too!

Reflection Through The Seasons said...

What an exquisite little village Barbara. Your pictures are guaranteed to lift the spirits at this time of year..... and your painting is quite beautiful too..... I didn’t know you had such artistic talents. Marion

Sweetina said...

Hi Barbara!
I am so excited that i discovered your blog!!!
You are an amazing artist!
Your photos of France are certainly is warm there isn't it?!
Lucky you!
I went to school in the UK in the early '70s for 3 years.
Godalming Surrey~
Your blog is such a new way to revisit England and I'm thrilled!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

These photographs are like paintings!! Such a beautiful place. Can you just imagine living there and seeing those sights every single day??

Charm and Grace said...

Well your secret is officially out... what an amazing painting! I had no idea, and I now know that your artistic eye for photography has its roots in a true artist's eye. Your composition in photography has always made me think of you more as an artist than mere photographer, and now I know I was right. And such gorgeous photos here in this post. Bless you for sharing your gifts with us!


Aqeelas House said...

Hi Barbara,

I must say that although im not a fan of France and will probably never go there again, your photos do make it look very appealing. I can imagine you must be feeling very blessed and relaxed.

I noticed that you recently mentioned the Rebecca Shaw books, i was considering them a while ago but wasnt sure id like them, can you tell us more about them if you get the time please? Im currently readng 'Rebecca' by Daphne Du Maurier and im really enjoying it, ive even given a copy to my mum so that we can read it together!

Aqeela xx

(Formally Raindrops2Rainbows)

Paul said...

That's a nice painting, Barbara.
Well done.

Mike said...

Such wonderful photos and a special painting! I'm longing for the Summer!

Kate said...

What beautiful scenes and a lovely painting too - you are gifted my dear!
There was something really soothing about that post!!