My Paintings of Provence

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Provence, France  has fascinated landscape painters for ages. Artists have been painting in Provence since prehistoric times.  Paintings of bison, seals, penguins and horses dating to between 27,000 and 19,000 b.c. were found in the Cosquer Cave near Marseilles. From the 1300's up through the 1700's, Provincial rich art history consisted of biblical art, fantastic animals and scenes of daily life.  My daughter and I saw many of these … [Read more...]

Painting & Playing in Provence, France

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Awww...Paris. Rich in history dating  back more than two millenia, Paris has attractions sufficient to last a lifetime. But for me - the deep blue of a Provincial sky, the aroma of fresh baked bread and lavender fields floating on warm breezes beckoned me into the French countryside of Provence. My daughter and I were fortunate enough to organize a painting trip with a wonderful group of ladies. After many years of studying the French … [Read more...]

My Tour de France – Paris

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What a whirlwind trip!  My Tour de France was filled with art museums, plein air painting, touring villages & castles and of course - fresh baked baguettes & croissants with cheese! We went from Paris to Provence and back again.  So, before I begin to write about all the art, I wanted to share some of my French musings. Our 'tour de France' began in Paris! My daughter and I arrived to a wet mid-morning after a direct flight … [Read more...]

How to Build a Pochade Box from a Cigar Box

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POCHADE BOXES are a compact, portable painting studio in a box which work especially well for the landscape artist. I made this one myself and I will show you how. But first a bit of pochade box history… The word, “pochade” is French which means a quick color sketch.Originally, the painters from the 18th and 19th century had to lug big heavy French easels into the field.Pochade boxes have made painting out-of-doors or ‘en plein air’ painting … [Read more...]

How to Pack For Painting – Tips for the Painter Traveling by Airplane or Car

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Traveling with painting equipment is always a challenge, but the reality is beginning to hit me…this weekend I will be hopping on a plane and flying to Provence, France where I am teaching my plein air painting workshop! We have been planning this trip for 6 months and it is finally here. I am excited to go, but now I have to PACK! And I am asking myself, “What should I bring?” Since 911 flying isn’t as simple as it once was. This has made air … [Read more...]


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