I painted this view recently from a reference photo that I’ve had in my collection since 2011!
It was taken on a camera rather than on a phone and there’s no GPS location tagging of any sort. As best as I can remember, this was taken the in the July of the year that our daughter was born, in the following October.
It’s one of the only times (in fact THE only time) that our main holiday wasn’t under canvas! This was due to the quite understandable protestations of my heavily pregnant partner.
Instead, we took lodgings under the roof of a lovely cottage owned by the parents of a dear friend.
In fact, I have mentioned this cottage before because back in 2020 I painted an interior view (or two!) from our stay there!
It must have been during this stay, and whilst we were exploring the nearby towns and villages that I took this photograph. It was obviously on a market day, but aside from ‘market day in a French town in Normandy’, I have no other information about the exact whereabouts of this scene.
Hopefully it captures some of the sense of light and busy bustle of a market day (in a French town in Normandy!)
I was desperately tempted to throw a shadow of some sort across the table in the foreground to break up the stark definition of the table, but as I’d already added the shadow of the arm, that suggests a high noon sun overhead, I didn’t feel comfortable adding in a shadow from some non existent object from out of view.
I still wonder if this was the right decision and would be delighted to hear what others think. It’s still not too late for me to add one!
I’d also be delighted to hear from anyone that might recognise this town!