Dear Cleo 18 11 18

Dearest Cleo

When I left London this morning it was 05.40 am and dark. while I was on the train I missed the dawn and a French Dawn blossomed as the train came out of the tunnel under the sea.

I was in Paris for 09.15, I could only book into my hotel at 1400 so I stowed my bags in the left luggage and caught the train to Auvers sur Oise. I caught three trains to get there, but the journey only lasted an hour.

Outside the Station at Auvers there is a map of the ten most interesting places to see. I first went to see the church then followed the signs to the cemetery which was on the high ground outside the village. It is about 300 meters from where he painted Wheatfield with Crows, there are crows there still, minding the remains of the man who made their ancestors’ famous.

I had brought a single sunflower, its yellow looked good on the phalo green of the ivy covering the two graves, they only needed one, Theo’s wife had ensured they were together for eternity, I stood in silence for a moment lost in the November wind of a shiny day, then I moved on, eager to see the places he had chosen to immortalize.

I was glad it was out of season and I did not get to see the suicide room or the dining room of the Auberge Ravoux Hotel. I noticed that the Marie had been painted early morning before the direction of the light had changed. I ate a small lunch with two largers in the Cafe aux Paix before catching the trains back to Gare du Nord, a wiser and more fulfilled man for the trip.

On the way back to the Station while waiting for the train I sketched the restaurant opposite the Station with the church of Paroisse Notre Dame in the background.

Figure 1 La Menara, Auvers sur Oise ink on A4 Cartridge

Later that night I developed the sketch into this;

Figure 2 La Menara, Auvers sur Oise ink on A4 Cartridge

Finally on my return home it became this;

Figure 3 La Menara, Auvers sur Oise Pastel on 40 x 40 on sugar paper

I hope you like my painting and I am looking forward to my Birthday Party tomorrow, see you them.

My Love as always

Mickos xx

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