For many who visit Nice, Lido Plage and similar bathing areas along the Promenade des Anglais are a little piece of heaven. My wife Stephanie and I stayed nearby for two weeks from 6th July 2010. We enjoyed Lido Plage greatly, but it is probably fair to say that Stephanie belonged to those who experienced Lido Plage as a piece of heaven far more than I did. The pleasure of Stephanie’s company ensured I was in the category of ‘experiencing a little piece of heaven’ too. I made this watercolour painting on 250mm × 250mm paper shorly after having visited Musée des Beaux Arts de Nice. I was a little shocked by the extent to which the picture seemed to capture my ambivalent feelings about the ‘plage.’ Art should be freely available, so I have provided a high-resolution version to the image above (in Jim’s Art Exhibition) in case anybody likes it. They are free to print it out for non-commercial use.
I made some quick pencil sketches in my spare time while attending an Irish language course at Oideas Gael in Glenn Cholm Cille (Glencolumbkille) from 19th to 26th July 2008.