A week in the French countryside, a week of French home cooking, a week of immersion in French culture, a week with similarly minded people from all over the world, and a week of drawing and painting ... the prospect was irresistible. And the actuality was beyond expectation. Painting on site included instruction, theory and practice. Painting excursions to Chaumont, Chenonceaux, Villandry and Amboise provided experiences of these historic locations unavailable on any post card tour! The one-on-one instruction is encouraging, non-invasive, and not too dogmatic. Convivial and casual the routine facilitates comradry as we took meals (and cleared away) together, learned and painted together, compared work with one another, and experienced the methods, techniques and caring Atelier Alupi generously provided. I'm sure most stagieres went home as emotionally refreshed as well equipped with new skills and inspiration. Other "painting holidays" might have more luxury or refinements, but none have been so satisfying and personally enlarging. And that's without mentioning the CityScape days in Paris ... five days painting on the streets of Paris with a guiding hand helping make the most of my vision! The date below is because this site wanted a date and didn't include the Julys since 2004 when I first took the train to Amboise (Poce-sur-Cise) and the samples below are intended to show my progress from novice to practiced novice.
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