Painting Holidays in the vineyards of Provence
“Seasons of mist and mellow fruitfulness, close bosom friend of the maturing sun” and so it is, the grapes on the vines have been harvested or are about to be. New wine is being made whilst last years wine is ready to be tasted.
I love this time of year, the sun is low in the sky and shines translucent through the last burst of flaming colour the vines are giving us for the season. Golds, reds, pinks, burgundies, purples, spring greens, deep
yellows, pale yellows, crimsons, orange, burnt umber, red lake. They are all there those colours and more, all gathered vibrantly in one small leaf or many leaves. As an artist painting in the vines brings intense joy. The light is sometimes fleeting and I sit in rapture trying to catch the luminescent breath of life of every leaf.
Not all of you want to spend everyday painting in the vines so this week we will: Spend a day in St Tropez painting, a day in at the Commanderie de Peyrassol,(put in Link). A day with two great Masters. Matisse and Chagall in Nice and painting on the Promenade.
Closest Airport Nice. TGV Les Arcs Draguignan.
Dates and Destinations in 2019
- 12th-19th October
Price €2250 single occupancy, double €1950.
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Paint Provence – LOVED IT!! This was truly one of the best experiences of my life. Tess provided wonderful instruction and Provence a scenic backdrop. We had limitless choices to grab our interest; it was only of a matter of which view to select and put brush to water and paper. No mistakes were made only “brilliant” brush strokes from beginners and genius alike. I can not thank Tess enough for the encouragement and believe I have found a friend for life. Accommodations – The accommodations provided by David and Tess were wonderfully quaint and comfortable. Some may have described the scene as rustic, but it is traditional Provence in every sense. It was clean and well maintained. Set among vineyards and wild flowers – I had no problem finding a peaceful spot to sit, relax and breathe the fresh air. I can’t wait to return. Best regards, Sue
With Paint Provence we will:
- Pick you up from and take you back to the airport.
- Drive you to some of our most stunning scenic destinations.
- Provide delicious home-made breakfast, lunch, picnic lunch and dinner by our chefs.
- Wine tasting at several of our local châteaux just a walk away.
- Take you to the famous Lorgues Market on Tuesday mornings.
Your Art Course in Provence :
An Overview of the Week
Pick up from train or airport in the afternoon. Back to our lovely Villa in the village with a huge garden and pool, it should still be warm enough for a refreshing swim. Drinks and chatting before a yummy dinner and talking about our week ahead.
Sunday morning is a latish start for those of you who have jet lag.
10 am Techniques: You will spend the morning learning the basic techniques of water colour and colour mixing, learning about your materials and various tricks watercolours can play and of course you with them. We have lunch at the villa and then I will set you a composition to paint, using as many of the techniques as you can from the morning. We will stop at 4 pm which will leave you plenty of time to swim, walk into the village and rest before dinner at 7.30 pm.
Our first day in the vines. Breakfast 8.30 am and off to the vines at 9.30. I will demonstrate a water colour in monotones and then in full colour. this will help you be brave when it comes to the darks and lights. I will then give you a simple composition to paint. The villa is not far away so we will go home for lunch and then go to a different vineyard to paint in the afternoon. On our way home we will visit the Chateau for some wine tasting before a scrumptious dinner.
Tuesday is market morning in Lorgues. The market in Lorgues is one of the best and most colourful in Provence. We will have coffee and breakfast in the village and I will leave you to wander and buy gifts for your friends and family whilst I buy a yummy market lunch, before we head back to the villa.
On Tuesday afternoon we will paint at the villa, going over the paintings from the previous day and I will help you with any difficulties you many have encountered. Finally we will share a relaxing dinner at home
A day to paint in Saint Tropez. We will paint with the sea as our back drop and the wonderfully coloured fishing boats as our subjects and the pretty village behind them joining the scene. We will take a picnic and continue to paint until 3pm when we go to the Places des Lices for a drink and to watch the locals play boules.
Off home to a great dinner.
We spend the day at Commanderie de Peyrassol. Sketching and painting amongst the vines and delightful sculptures there. We will also have lunch at their lovely outdoor Restaurant. Home by 5 pm for a swim and a chance to relax before dinner.
We will have a day at home to go over all your paintings and finish anything
that you need to finish. In the evening we will enjoy showing of your work with a glass of champagne in hand before enjoying our a last dinner of the week.
Saturday we say our adieus.
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