Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Petit Andelys

Petit Andelys, 20 x 16 oil painting by Melody Phaneuf

How heavenly it is to paint in France! My travel journal reminds me that on this journey I followed a meandering course from Paris through Normandy, making my way to Giverny. Vernon, Pont Audemer, Les Andelys, Honfleur and Rouen were all stopovers along this splendid choice of route.

Petit Andelys was painted as I wandered the adorable villages about Giverny. I recall how breezy it was that day, in late March. I set up here, lured by the music piped throughout the village, and found it a most agreeable spot to paint. The sun-drenched stone shops formed a perfect backdrop for rippling flags on harbor boats.

Petit Andelys is a gentle village, where cups of sorbet are sold from quirky blue trucks and all the color of the world sparkles in harbor reflections. I am certain to return here and paint again one day. I hope that when I do, the music is still playing.

Petit Andelys, 20 x 16 oil painting by Melody Phaneuf, is also available in open edition print, marble beverage coasters, and handmade note cards.

Petit Andelys is our featured painting for March, and the image chosen for our free calendar download.


Boston Artist, Melody Phaneuf is well known for her evocative still life, landscape, and portrait paintings. Her paintings are regularly on view at The Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury Street; at Fenway Studios, Boston by appointment; and North Shore Art in Gloucester from May through October. Phaneuf ‘s paintings have been exhibited at The National Arts Club in New York City, Galerie Herouet in Paris, and with Art du Monde, in Japan.

Melody The Artist Home, founded with photographer and color specialist, Martha DiMeo, features Phaneuf’s original oil paintings on tumbled marble tile murals and beverage coasters, fine art prints, and handmade note cards.

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