CANVASING WITH COUP
Painting, Teaching and Traveling... Join me for Workshops in France, unlike any other. We will explore beautiful villages, learn to cook amazing food and paint our way through France.
Highlights from our 2018 Workshop in France
It all began in Paris on June 24th, at Charles de Gualle Airport. I asked the group to please pack light! Take a look at the trunk of one of our Peugeot 5008's. We just made it. One more paint brush and we would have been overloaded.
Our first stop... Chateau d'Ambille, a private Chateau in the heart of the Loire Valley. We were the guests of our hosts, Fe and Gus for this amazing stay on the grounds of their estate. We visited the magnificent Chateau Chenonceau and Winery's and Caves in the area.
Next stop, the beautiful island of Ile de Re where we took over this quaint B&B L'Hippocampe in the village of La Flotte. This magical island is the getaway for Parisians and the French who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the big cities. There are 10 villages on the island, each with its own character. Beaches, Lighthouse, Restaurants, Boutiques, Wineries and Sailing. The island is know for its salt production, the "Fleur de Sel". Also growing on the island are grape vines, potatoes, wheat, sunflowers, poppies and more.
And of course, Painting. Check out these Plein Air paintings from the group. We painted on the grounds of the Private Chateau, along la place (the beach) at low tide and high tide on Ile de Re, and at the Abbey des Chateliers, a 12th Century ruin at 10 pm that evening. Simply Magical!
Montreal in the Fall... Its been nearly 40 years since I last visited Montreal, and I found the City much more beautiful than I remembered. This is were my Mother was born and lived from 1930 to 1948. After the war, the family moved to Hollywood, California, but her roots in Montreal are still present.
During my recent trip to San Francisco while visiting my sister Shelley Hann, we were stopped in our tracks by the beautiful gowns in the St. John's boutique window. I remarked to her... "I wish I had an occassion to wear something that fabulous in Orlando", where the lifestyle is very casual. In contrast, Shelley replied, I can get away with a gown like that in the city, the only thing holding her back was the sticker price. Ouch! So instead of shopping, we headed to The Daily Grill in Union Square and ordered a Triple Chocolate Brownie Sunday and a glass of Cabernet and pondered how we would fit into those amazing gowns...