My first France Painting Excursion is now complete! We had rainy weather, unusual for the S.W. of France at that time of year. Everyone absolutely loved our hosts Ray and Lynne Johnstone. The sights and the restaurants they selected for us as well as their hospitality and art expertise was top notch. Thanks Lynne and Ray for everything! I hope to be back with another group in the future!
Here are a few photos of our trip. If you would like to be added to my email list to be notified about any future painting adventures please contact me via my site.
There was one other lady joining us from Saskatoon, not pictured here.
Our group pictured here about to enjoy some Bask French cuisine.
We visited Sur Lot, the waterlily farm that supplied Monet. They even had a replica his bridge at Giverny.
We had too much good French food, but we walked a lot to make up for it.
Painting irises in the Impressionist style.
Art lesson at Ray Johnstone`s studio.
I would love to find this now out of print by Marie Claude who was the chef and owner of the Mill when it was a restaurant.
We toured many beautiful vineyards and enjoyed wine and Pink Champagne tastings.
Our group under a sexy sign. We had to share that Saskatchewan has a few of it`s own unusually named towns as well!
We enjoyed visits to many historical sites including this monastery at Le Romieu where pilgrims walking the Way of Saint James have stopped for 1000`s of years in search of accommodations along their 2 month journey.
There are beautiful 11th and 13th century buildings ever where lined by rivers and decorated with window boxes full of flowers.