As many of you know, I went to France two years ago for an artists’ residency. It was a life altering experience both creatively and personally. Before I left, I knew that I needed to make extended creative experiences a regular part of my life.
This year, I have decided to go to the south of France for my own personal artist residency. I have rented a cottage in Avignon France for a month. This cottage will be my studio and the base for my adventures. I will create. I will explore. I will relax. I will shop at local markets. And, I will drink really good wine.
Wait, where are you going?
I chose the city of Avignon for my next adventure. I wanted something in the south of France. I’ve been to Paris and the north several times and I wanted to see something new. The south of France has long been a haven for artists such as Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse and Picasso. The light and the colors are beautiful.
I have chosen to rent a cottage just across the Rhone River from the city. It is part of a Bed and Breakfast compound. They have rooms, cottages, apartments and even a Gypsy Caravan for rent. It is not a Chateau this time, but it is cute and cozy with outdoor space. I will be “in residence” the month of September.
But, what will you do?
My main objective is to step away from the everyday life of a software consultant living in Texas and experience a different way of life. I will be making art and finding inspiration. I will be slowing down and reading a book in the garden. I will be lingering over a baguette and glass of wine.
I also love traveling and experiencing new things so I will definitely be exploring the area. From Avignon, I can explore the many cities of Provence such as Arles, Aix-en-Provence, l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Gigondas, Ménerbes and Lourmarin. On day trips, I can explore numerous local markets, visit the asylum where Van Gogh painted his famous irises, visit the Ochre quarries where pigments have been made for centuries, view hundreds of flamingos in the Camargue, tour the caves where Roquefort cheese is made and taste the world famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côtes du Rhône wines in the vineyards where they are made. Overnight trips can take me to the Matisse and Chagall museums in Nice, the fortified city of Carcassonne, the azure beaches of the French Riviera, the picturesque towns of the French Alps or even Paris.
Interested in joining me?
Something that I continue to treasure are the friendships that I made at the Chateau. We talked, laughed and explored. While I do not want to be a “tour guide”, I would love to have other intrepid folks join me at the Domaine in September for your own self-styled adventure. If you are interested, check out the Domaine de Rhodes. If you have questions, please message me or send me an email at tangerinetabby at gmail dot com.