About the works painted in France:
"The papers used for some pieces were 320 gsm (grams per square meter) very heavy cotton and linen, handmade in Vietnam and Spain, which I bought at the original Sennelier store next to the School for Beaux Arts on the Left bank in Paris. I also bought some "mixed media" conventional papers like Canson, 140 and 240 lbs. I tried all these out, so the pictures are not all on the same foundation. I also used cut-out collage materials mostly from old French encyclopedias I found at a "brocante" a flea market.
About the French Village by Night, other paintings done in South of France
The tiny village of Sauve is in the Gard in France, a region near Provence, but far less visited. The medieval houses are so connected to each other the entire village feels like a single edifice, the narrow streets and many staircases like passageways in a huge rambling house. The squares with outdoor cafes and restaurants are big living rooms with wide balconies overlooking the graceful river Vidourle. We stayed in a house high up the hill, backing up against a wilderness called the Sea of Rocks. The owner helped me set up a work space in the courtyard, even lent me an easel, and I painted and sketched almost everyday the month we were there.
We also visited the Camargue, a remote marsh region like the bayou country of France, famous for its birds and bulls and cowboys and religious customs. The bull in my painting is one of the semi-wild ones raised in this region--they are watched over by the herdsmen called "gardians," and used in special, bloodless regional bullfights and rituals, which can be traced back to the Pre-Christian mystery cult Mithraism." - Moira Crone