The Extraordinary Course of our Lives

The Extraordinary Course of Our Lives continues unabated as Mayke is readying her third yearly exhibition with a great sense of accomplishment; she has returned to here muse, following her vision of volumes, objects, perspectives and expressions that border naïve expressionism. Below is one of the nine paintings that will be presented.

We welcome all to the opening night at Gallery Sens Intérieur when together with François Nasica she will work a show of spontaneity on the same canvass to the musical tone of… , don’t miss opening night.
If you would like to receive the catalog in print or an invitation please request so in the comment box or email Bruno Bernard at, the exhibition starts on July 13th all the way through August 9th and the catalog can be seen here.

The Village Bar

The Village Bar, oil on canvas 120cm x 110cm


As usual Mayke revels in the detail, if you have seen the zoom on the Chef in this year’s catalog of the Gallery Sens Intérieur here is a detail of The Village Bar


Detai of the Village Bar

Detail of The Village Bar


On the sea side of our lives Jean Pierre’s projects are moving along at the pace of passing seasons, that said, if our mild blue sky late winter should have made way for daysails almost alone in our Gulf of Saint Tropez waters, Seanee was in need of long repairs in the hands of a remarkable shipwright, Alain Cros.

Sean Seamour IV under the storm flood

Sean Seamour IV in her winter robe (partially hidden by the wall) close to being dragged under by mother chain holding fast against the flood surge, the electric and water post barely emerging before the blue motorboat is usually 70cm above the wharf!

Alain saved her from the damage of the winter deluge that almost sank her as the harbor waters rose almost a meter or three feet above high water mark. The November flood was historical with combination of diluvian rainfall and strong easterlies that washed many boats ashore after mooring lines were overstrained.

Besides damage to her bow when firemen cut her stern lines the stern deck, rub rail and transom needed a rebuild. Four months out of the water gave us the opportunity to drop her keel for a reseal.

Sean Seamour stern repaired

Rebuilt transom, note the Torqeedo electric outboard, I have a post relating to its performance here







Above one can see where the upper transom was repaired, the mahogany is well matched, the sun will blend the wood tone after a season or two. I took the opportunity of her long stay in the shop to strip her mast and revarnish with six coats of Epifanes high gloss. Finally on her way back in the water we are looking forward to a wonderful sailing season

Sean Seamour heading back to the water

Sean Seamour IV on her way back to the water in here 43rd year


If brightwork on Seanee was intense it didn’t slow down projects at the hamlet, have a look at Postings from the Mountain
where you will find :

As the woodshed becomes cottage

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