Today I spent a lovely day ambling around Montpellier, a beautiful city in the south of France with the most amazing architecture of sandy grey stone against the azure blue sky lit by brilliant sunshine.
Everyday Life Art
Walking through the narrow alleyways off the Place du Comedie I came across some amazing scenes painted on the walls of houses and restaurants depicting everyday life of everyday people. How do they do it? How long did it take to do? The figures in the murals looked so realistic at first I thought that the guy looking over his balcony was a real person. The dog sitting by his owners at a cafe table waiting for a morsel to come his way; unbelievable!
Walking along the wide place and the sounds of the fountains splashing and blowing in the breeze brought a freshness to the whole atmosphere of the daily business going on around me in a typical unhurried French way in many of the squares dotted around the city.
Though the main square was full of brightly coloured Market stalls and Traders, their wares were of no consequence as they sat in the sun and idly watched the array of tourists, shoppers and workers pass by.What a perfectly sublime way to live.
Whilst making my way around the narrow streets I found inspiration in the stonework and brightly coloured displays in shop windows, the multi coloured shopping baskets being carried by shoppers and on the market stalls, the men sitting drinking their Pastis at the many pavement Cafes and women gossiping on street corners.
What a truly wonderful day!
The brilliance of this day has inspired me to create natural stone coloured fused glass wall art so watch this space!