Before the group leaves, I wanted to show all of you, friends and family of the current participants as well as future participants of the painting workshop to Provence, the charming place where we stayed for the week.
Although I usually stay in this fabulous place with my painting groups, once in a while I have a chance to stay here with non painters, people who have chosen my cultural tour to Provence.
The village where we are staying is called Venasque, the most beautiful village of Provence (oh right, one of the most beautiful villages in Provence!!!).
The place where we are staying is a little jewel in Venasque.
Here is the courtyard. The house has blue shutters, that is why it is called “la maison aux volets bleux” (French translation for the house with the blue shutters). This merveillous place is owned by Martine and Jerome, a very friendly couple who goes out of his way all the time to please us.
And of course, not only are the shutters blue but the table, the sets, the napkins, just about everything.
Here is Lynn Gertenbach, our instructor for the week, giving a critique on our last day in Provence.
Living room where we have our apéritifs at night. That is the heart of the house because there is where every 0ne gathers, drinks, eats, laughs. There was a lot of laughs on this trip. I have to say it was a great group.
Here is a picture from the terrace. The view is breathtaking. The whole valley and in the background, the mont Ventoux, the highest mountain in Provence, well known by bikers. It is one of the major “etape” on the ”Tour de France”.
Other view from the terrace. We take our breakfasts and dinners here (weather permitted). The light at different times of day, gives different colors to the view, with an amazing evening light. That is why some of the students told me that is was a dream to be here.
View from the bedroom. Each bedroom has the view on that valley. Some people even paint from their room, sitting by the window. During the night, we sleep with the window opened: no bugs but a nice breeze and sometimes, the singing of the cicadas.
Here is Ghislaine’s bedroom (well on this trip of course). As you can see, there are paintings hanging everywhere (bedroom, living room, hall way, etc…). The owner of the house is an artist her self. Her art is everywhere in the house. Because she likes painting so much, she loves having artists stay at her house, so much that even if it rains outside (rare in Provence), she lets us paint in the living room (even the oil painters!!). It is such a very relaxing place here.
Here is where Holly and her mother Betsy stayed. The bedroom has a Moroccan style because the owners live half the time in Morocco so they bring many souvenirs from there.
The owners Martine and Jerome used to run a big restaurant. Now, they run their little hotel with only 7 bedrooms. I like it that is small because it means I can rent the entire place just for my group. We can therefore leave some of our painting stuff in the house without disturbing anyone, like leaving our paintings oustide to dry, we can talk and laugh as loud as we want (and we do) . It is just the perfect place.
Since they are chefs, the food is excellent.
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