Once again, the private parkland of Les Rainettes was open to the public for the Fete des Arts when artists are invited to come, set up their easels and paint - as did Jules Bastien-Lepage, the painter who was born in Damvillers and who was a leading artist in the plein-air movement.
|I find a bench in shade!|
|Black carp swim in the long narrow lake.|
|I felt a little unsafe coming down this steep and stony path! I went back up on the other side of the park - still stony but stepped so a bit easier to negotiate!!|
Patricia was there to accompany herself on accordion as she sang traditional French songs to entertain painters and visitors alike as she wandered around the grounds.
A bar was available and stalls for artisans; also a small display of classic cars in the adjacent hotel car park.
It was hot and sunny and this beautiful park is an ideal setting for this lovely summer event. I arrived early afternoon and many others started to gather as I left.
I took my walking stick and was out for an hour and although my back ached it did not go into spasm - yay! I take any small victories when I can…