Honfleur Harbor, Acrylic on Canvas
This week I signed and applied wire to the back of this painting of Honfleur Harbor in France. The piece is acrylic on canvas and is 24x48 - larger than I typically work. Tom and I spent about a week in Honfleur last year and we loved our visit. We stayed in a four story house with three bedrooms and three baths - just in case we got any guests while we were there! A local informed us that the reason the buildings were mostly tall and narrow was because back in the day property was taxed based on the width of the building, not the square footage. The word "charming" immediately comes to mind when I recall our time in this part of Normandy.
It's an easy drive from Honfleur to Etretat if you take the freeway. We spent a day there, first trying to figure out how to pay the parking meter with directions only in French. Once we were legally parked we headed for the sea and the stunning cliffs that have been favorite subjects for artists over the years. It was a chilly, overcast day with very few folks out and about, but the sun broke through for a moment to give me enough time to take a few photos of the limestone giants looming north and south of the beach. I knew immediately that there was a painting of this place inside me.
Cliffs at Etretat by the Sea, Gouache on Paper