one of the painters in the painting competition whose muse (a grey parrot) is sitting in a tree nearby
Village life has its advantages. You stroll around on market days and everyone knows your favorite chevre, your passion for lemon cookies. And then there are events that seem to capture the attention of the entire village (try that in New York!). As I write this, there are painters spread out all over the town of Auvillar, painting landscapes. This annual event, "Paint My Village," which apparently happens in different places in France, is a competition, in which painters at 3 levels: amateur, professional, and children, compete for a prize over the course of a 3-day weekend of painting. With my fellow artist Aurelien and Yona, we strolled around yesterday to see what the painters were up to.
another painter in a small public garden
Tonight, we all signed up for the paella dinner, which will be served in the town square around the famous Halle aux Graines.
19th century hall where grain was sold
My favorite artist (the one who stole my heart) is this five-year-old below:
What may be hard to see is that he has used the grains themselves in his painting. I'm betting on him to win a prize. We find out tomorrow at 5 who the winners are.