Provence workshop day five: in the footsteps of Van Gogh

We spent the day at the monastery of St. Paul de Mausole in St. Remy. There was something about this special place that made for a very tranquil day, despite all the tourists passing through. Perhaps it was because we were looking out at the very same view that Van Gogh could see from his room at the sanatorium, or else because the heat and windless day left us in a state of lethargy. I’m not sure which it was.

My demo was of the recently planted lavender garden, which called for a bit of artistic license.

On day five the student’s sketches are quite amazing!

We’re spoiled with lunches, and this one included local strawberries and pastries…

To get out of the heat, we spent the afternoon in the cloister…

It’s one of those places where the views and the light are magical.

6 Comments on “Provence workshop day five: in the footsteps of Van Gogh”

  1. TonyU says:

    Love the sketches. Hope they’ll be great memories of a magic place.


  2. Judy Sopher says:

    What are those pastries? Wow.

    Love seeing the people working–and those scenes. When I was young–ages ago-Paris was the art world and I longed to go there. It did gradually move to NYC but France was always the place to me. So I am really enjoying this through your posts.


  3. monique says:

    There is such an air of tranquility there I agree..There’s a ind of hush♥Love your work.


  4. Lee Kline says:

    I am NOT bitter! Seriously, things look so wonderful in our favorite country. Do not know if you will get anywhere north of where you are, but the area of Sarlat and the Dordogne river would be a wonderful future location. Even though I’m pushing 80, I think I would sign on for that trip. I know you have changed the lives of your students.


  5. Just lovely and how wonderful to be able to do that. Watercolor is hard, I know I tried, once. Thank you for sharing.


  6. joantav says:

    I would love to get back there again. I love seeing your work and the students working so intensely.


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