At the Chateau Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic/linen 13 x 16" 33 x 41 cm
Ducks in the Seine Blair Pessemier Acrylic/panel 9.5 x 14" 24 x 35 cm
Peniche on the river Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic/linen 11 x 16" 27 x 41 cm
Louvre Blair Pessemier Acrylic/linen 13 x 16" 33 x 41 cm
Seine Blair Pessemier Acrylic/linen 11 x 14 27 x 35cm
Man with Pipe/Woman with Camera Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic/linen 12 x 12" 30 x 30 cm
Girl on the Path Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic/linen 9.5 x 13" x 33cm
June Balustrade Blair Pessemier Acrylic/panel 9.5 x 14" 24 x 35 cm
Garden 29 June Blair Pessemier Acrylic/linen 12 x 12 30 x 30 cm
“Keep left then bear right”, our GPS ordered as we negotiated a winding country road. We took a wrong turn, the machine froze. Behind the technology wave, we still use our portable GPS plugged into the cigarette lighter of the rental car. The GPS works, at least most of the time.
This week’s workshops took us to a remote chateau, an hour north of Paris. A family, 18, wanted to paint –we ended up with 8 serious painters. They were the COOLest of clients – a super fabulous chateau, artists between the ages of 6 and 60, painting on the terrace, and lunch. Our client was a journalist, and we talked about right and wrong, and what mattered. Wonderful stuff.
We had a painter this week from Detroit, two from Canada, two from Texas, a five-day workshop with someone from South Carolina, and today, Sunday, a really great young painter from Philadelphia. We are exhausted, but I feel we are hitting our stride. I am really enjoying painting with such a variety of people – our own paintings are here and there – I try to find new ways to look at the same scene.
The last two days have been cold and rainy – we’re painting under the bridge, near the Seine; in the pavilion at the Luxembourg Gardens. Our young painter painted me as a second subject: hat and raincoat.
Our five day workshop is on the modified American plan (does anyone remember going on vacation that way? Here in France we call it demi-pension: one meal a day at our house). June and July are the months we have all of our guests, it seems. We are drinking champagne and eating hors d'oeuvres, letting the good times roll.