Everyone owes it to themselves to visit the South of France, especially the Provence and Louberon areas. There’s something different about the place, and not just the architecture and scenery: even the light is unlike anywhere I’ve ever been. When you see artwork as painted by Cezanne and Van Gogh, you look at the light and think that the golden tint that diffuses the scenery is unrealistic or even fake, but it isn’t — it really does look like that. (It’s best visited in summer, by the way: winter has a different light altogether, as I discovered when I toured the area with Longtime Friend Knob a couple years back.)
Anyway, all that is to introduce an artist I’ve never seen before (introduced to me by New Wife, by the way), who apparently specializes in painting scenes from the Midi: Laurent Parcelier is his name, and here’s an example:
This one serves as the wallpaper on my laptop as we speak.
Yes, that’s exactly what the sunlight looks like in Provence — I’ve seen several places that could be carbon copies of the above.
You can find some of Parcelier’s other works over here. Unusually (for me), I like just about every single one of them.
Enjoy browsing. And the website, WOoarts.com, has some other interesting artists as well.