Then there are the watercolors that he captures around the neighborhood.
It's a treat for me when he asks me to buy flowers for inspiration.
I love the mystery of how the flowers are going to be interpreted.
Every inch of the studio has a work in progress.
With the upcoming shows there has been more than just painting going on in the studio. Frame building, gesso preparation, gold leafing and just in the nick of time crates to ship all to the other side of the Atlantic .
Please let me know if you or someone you know would enjoy seeing these works in person. I will happily send out an "official" invite.
For two days the local farmers take a busman's holiday and show their stuff at the Creyssac village fair.
The first day there is a cattle sale. Followed by lunch, followed by checking out old tractors, followed by time at the bar, followed by dinner, dancing and fireworks.
The second day is started off with the farmers getting their most trusted tractor placed for the "big event". Then a breakfast of sausage baguette, black coffee or maybe a beer. There are shouts of hello and strong handshakes shared among men that do not see each other from one planting season to the next.
The "big event" is set up into several categories. Horses, small tractors and big tractors. The aim is to plow the straightest, just deep enough, but not too deep furrow with just the right amount of mounding to each side of the pass. The gun goes off and the various engines plow down the field. That's it.
It will be several hours before the judges can score each furrow. There will be a few personal judgements made before the official ones.
Everyone will be off to the bar and then lunch while the judges plow through their work. Awards will be presented this evening after the parade of floats and dinner.
When you only have two days to rest you gotta make hay!
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"Il faut une ou deux passions dangereusse, despotiques, ameres et plein d'ivresse pour motiver une existence."
Continuing a wonderful chain of friends, introducing friends to the magic of Bourdeilles, France, we bring you this website.
Who we are is Tom and Susan Vieth. Tom is an artist. Susan keeps everything in our lives somewhat straight so that Tom can stay lost in his painting.
After 22 years of loving Vermont and having tremendous success with Tom’s art career we are making a new bold move - we are now living in Bourdeilles,France.
It all started ten years ago when Tom proposed we buy a house so he could have a settled place to make his watercolors while in France. Being the practical one Susan said, “No, that’s what one does when they are 60 - 70.” Tom’s response was that at that age we might not be able to make it to France. So 6 months later we had ‘the little house in France’.
We are now on to new adventures and this blog is being created to share these experiences as well as showcase weekly cartoons and sketches by Tom. And to keep you posted on new opportunities that we cook up--such as tours in our region of France, products from our region and watercolors from Tom’s sketch book.
Wish us luck, keep in touch and let us know if you are in the area of our small village in France. Life moves; hold on!
Tom and Susan Vieth are exploring life in France. Tom's watercolors and oil paintings show the surrounding countryside and Susan has taken to writing about small events that we encounter in daily life. Tom's weekly cartoons add a spice to our American view of French life.