Painting & Playing in Provence, France


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


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


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


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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