Watercolor: Vicolo Della Palle (& a painting trip to France)


Vicolo Della Palle 3.25×5.75 watercolor on paper (sold)

The painting above was done after a trip to Rome a few years ago, so it seemed appropo for this post. I just returned from two weeks in France. #pinchme  I’ve been in Provence, sketching quaint villages and lavender fields while working as crew for Scottish painter Julie Snyder’s company, Workshops in France.   This was a last-minute opportunity to travel to Avignon, via Paris & Marseille, and assist Julie in one of her twice-yearly uninstructed artist retreats in Provence. I have many photos and sketches to share with you after this wonderful trip.

My crew-member extraordinaire & roomie Linda stayed up till all hours of the night for the duration of this trip to blog photos & details about the summertime version of this event. She reported on lavender fields, cliff-side castles, gourmet food delivered to the chateau for dinner each night, and artist-flavored shenanigans. You can read about the painting expeditions backwards in time on her blog. (If you’re reading this well after June, start here, and then read 6 or more posts here, here, herehere, here and here.)

I’m jet lagged and catching up with work & life To-Do’s, so I’ll just post a few photos for your inspirational enjoyment below. More images & details on the fun are forthcoming, so be sure to subscribe to get these blog posts via email.  Also, have a look at Workshops in France to explore options if you’re interested in seeing, photographing and painting some of the most beautiful parts of Provence in either June or September (Provence vineyards in Fall,  grape harvests and wine tasting)! Have you ever taken an art workshop overseas? #hellyesyoushould!


French market bags in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France




Grapes growing sweeter in the sunlight at Domaine du Bois de Saint Jean




Heavenly scene to my Olive-Loving self… at the market



Sketching field studies of french lavender, photo courtesy of Linda Queally



More beautiful lavender at Saint Paul Assylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence where Van Gogh painted for a year as a self-admitted patient.



Waving goodbye to Provence from the plane, headed for a connecting flight in Paris…

Art Quote

As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward.
~Vincent Van Gogh 



4 Responses to Watercolor: Vicolo Della Palle (& a painting trip to France)

  1. Margaret July 4, 2016 at 3:33 pm #

    Oh lucky you look forward to more posts, will look into workshops in france

  2. gaelle1947 July 2, 2016 at 7:29 pm #

    What an awesome experience that was – Looking forward to your follow-up stories, photos and artwork.


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