August 27, 2014

Lost Art #13: Avenue de Ganay, Milly-la-Forêt, France

Lost Art wraps up its summer in the French countryside this week with a painting of the local marketplace in the town of Milly-la-Forêt. While we've been staying out in the country this month, Milly is where I've gone every morning for bread and newspapers, and where I've done whatever shopping needed to be done for the house we're watching. I will always carry fond memories of this town, and I was very happy to find an Avenue in it that's named after the family we've been staying with! So I decided that it would be nice to do a painting on that street, overlooking the market. Luckily I was able to find a scrap of old particle board nearby! It's been a rainy few weeks, so I haven't been able to do quite as much painting as I might have liked, but I hope that I'll get to return here next summer and do a few more. And hopefully someone will find this one before it starts raining again! For now, I hope you're all having a great end-of-summer. I'm back to Paris tomorrow and will see if I can get one more painting in before leaving next week for Egypt. As always, I'll keep you posted!

This painting, oil on found particle board, roughly 48 cm x 37 cm, was left on the Avenue de Ganay, overlooking the Place du Marché in Milly-la-Forêt, France on August 27th, 2014 at 12pm.

If you have found this piece, please let me know in the comments!

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August 13, 2014

Lost Art #12: Place du Général de Gaulle, Courances, France

UPDATE: Lost Art #12 has been found!
I was so happy to get this anonymous comment (below) from someone who has found my painting in Courances! I was afraid it might have been destroyed in this afternoon's rain, but instead it has been rescued, for which I am very grateful. And I am proud to have left a piece of myself in this town :).  

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This week Lost Art makes a trip out to the French countryside. I've been lucky enough to spend the last few weeks of summer in the lovely little village of Courances, and I did this painting on the Place du Général de Gaulle just in front of their Mairie (the local town hall). Courances is pleasantly clean, so for several days I didn't find any trash or discarded material to paint on. But finally, the other day, I found this loose chunk of cobblestone on the side of the road and decided to give it a new life. If I'm lucky enough to find anything else, I'm going to try to do at least one more while I'm out here before returning to Paris the last week of August. I hope you're all having a great summer, wherever you are, and I hope you find some art in the street!

This painting, oil on dislodged cobblestone, 14.5 cm x 14.5 cm, was left at Place du Général de Gaulle in Courances, France on August 13, 2014 at 3pm.

If you have found this piece, please let me know in the comments!

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