I have always felt a strong affinity with rivers and lakes particularly . We are a long way from the sea here in the UK, the furthest “inland” I have ever lived, and I am not happy about it.We do have some pretty canal walks that keep me just about sane, but proximity to “proper” water was certainly the second biggest plus point for the French house.
The ancient riverside village of Campagne-sur-Aude maintains many of the important waterside buildings and direct access to the Aude and the strategic choice to start a settlement in this location is crystal clear. I love the way that this river made this place work, & I love the fact that we have it a few steps away and can hear it in it’s many moods from gently ambling along to dramatic mountain meltwater fury in early spring
The juxtaposition of moody Scottish skies, an iconic building and deeply mysterious water inspired my painting of the Cameron House Hotel on Loch Lomond, a gift for my niece who held her wedding reception there on a (meteorologically) temperamental July day in 2005.
I am looking at picking a spot on the river Aude to paint another homage to water, stone and sky.