Lago de Burbia with gentian

August 2010 – Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 70cm

This is the first painting I did after returning from our holiday.  It’s of a glacial lake in the mountains.

I found  this place so peaceful. To get here it was a wonderfully varied walk, starting out lower down  through chestnut groves, then up through oak forest, until finally reaching open grassland full of Spanish broom, heathers & yellow gentians. The ones that grow in this area are a special orangey coloured variety. The root has traditionally been used to make an alcoholic drink, though the picking of it is now regulated. I once tried the drink (“Suze”) in France & have to say I thought it tasted pretty disgusting -much better appreciated as a flower in my opinion!

El Lago de burbia con genciano

Este es el primer cuadro que he pintado desde la vuelta de vacaciones. Para alcanzar el lago glacial hay una recorrida muy variada, empezando por castañales, luego por robedales y al final se llega a donde esta mas  abierto con mucho brezo y flores silvestres como este gentiano. Se utilice el raiz tradicionalmente para hacer una bebida alcoholica aunque la recoleccion esta ahora muy regulado – Menos mal! Ademas, en mi opinion el flor es mucho mejor que la bebida, que a mi me parece algo bastante asquerosa!

Lac de Burbia avec gentiane

Voici le premier tableau que j’ai réalisé depuis le retour des vacances. Il s’agit d’un lac glacial qui se trouve en haut dans la montagne après une randonnée dans un paysage très varié. On traverse tout d’abord des chataigneraies, puis  la forêt de chênes pour arriver finalement à la limite supérieure des forêts.

La racine de la gentiane jaune s’utilise dans la confection de la suze (un boisson alcoolique très amer) mais à mon avis il vaut mieux l’apprécier comme fleur!

8 thoughts on “Lago de Burbia with gentian

  1. And the peace and tranquility is reflected in this painting – it’s also timeless in the way the place itself must be. It has looked, more or less, like this for thousands of years (presumably!) and will continue to do so. Lovely.

  2. Yes it’s a wonderful place & luckily not too accessible. There were groups of rebecos/chamois that we saw leaping about on the rocks. They’re very well camouflaged so you don’t usually notice them until you hear a rock sliding down a slope.
    Apparantly there is a female bear in this area but you only get to see her if you’re a local & therefore know the right spots & have more opportunity throughout the year. I loved just knowing there was one anyway!

  3. What a beautiful painting. I love the strong flower in the foreground. The lake looks icy cold (was it?) and I love the wispy clouds.

    I am also amazed that you can write (and I’m assuming speak) in 3 languages. You are multi-talented!

  4. Yes the lake was cold – definately not swimmable! It would be too shallow aside from anything else though.

    And yes I can get by in 3 languages but I make loads of mistakes. I’m sure someone French or Spanish could tell you that “you don’t say it like that” In the end I’ve decided the important thing is to try to communicate though. I still haven’t managed to learn Basque, though I’ve had several attempts with a teach yourself book. Never seem to get past really really basic things though- hopefully one day!

  5. It’s a beautiful painting Sonya and welcome back. I just love to see scene of mountains and water, i just think they are such a pair. Like carol, i’am amazed with your talent and also your language. Keep up the good work.

  6. Hi Francis – what are you talking about – you must be able to use different alphabets, aside from speaking several languages too!
    In fact, I feel like I read somewhere, that the norm in the world is to be bi-lingual- for a long time English has had a monopoly as a language (& therefore we sometimes make less effort to learn other languages) but I think that’s changing these days.

    And by the way, thank-you for the positive feedback!

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