This Sunday, I picked up a new group at the train station. Bigger group: 10 people. They are here for a watercolor workshop let by a watercolor artist from Auburn, Sonja Hamilton SWA.
It is Sonja’s sixth trip with us. Some of the people on the tour, Jim and Linda, follow her everywhere and are on their fourth trip with Sonja and me. They have already signed up for the watercolor workshop to Spain with Sonja and French Escapade for Sept 2014.
Jim and Linda showing what they have received: a French Escapade visor from me and some special gifts from Sonja: Sonja always paint little vignettes from Provence ahead of time and put them on gifts for people. The vignettes represent places the participants will discover during their trip. She gave Linda a scarf with a painting of poppies and to Jim, a brush holder painted with lavender fields.
All the other participants also received a French Escapade visor from me and a light back pack (lunch bag) from one of her painting on it:: Dick and his wife Sandy have the Abbey of Senanque and lavender fields.
Judith (to the Left) has received Van Gogh’s irises, Brooke (middle) a house from Oppede le Vieux village and Margie (right), a cute window from a house in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
Lin has received bag with lavender field.
Meg has the entire hilltop village of Gordes painted on her back pack.
Here is the entire group with their gift, Sonja is in the front. Her bag has a map of Europe with all the countries her and me (French Escapade) gave watercolor workshops in.
We had our first dinner together at the villa les volets bleus where we are staying for the week.
From L to R: Linda, Jum, Brooke, Sonja, Judith, Dick, Sandy, Margie, Lyn, Meg. Tomorrow, the blog will be about them making their own paint from scratch (the “scratch is actually the natural ochre from Roussillon, the finest ochre in the world).