Should I Join My Wife On An Art Retreat?

Should I Join My Wife On An Art Retreat?

Non-painters joining an art retreat I’ve had this question a thousand times – “can my non-painting partner join us on an art retreat? Is he going to get bored?” Yes, he’s welcome… No, he won’t get bored. End of blog.  Haha, I’m kidding. But the answer really is...
900 New lavender Plants

900 New lavender Plants

Ok… So we did a thing recently – We planted 900 new lavender plants… Yes, you read that correctly. 900 plants, all by hand!  We started by getting our local farmer to come in and plough the ground up into separate strips. After, We collected 5...
New addition: Jacuzzi

New addition: Jacuzzi

Last July, 2019, it was hot – I mean really hot.  We had some lovely visitors from Texas who were used to the heat but even so, we struggled.  Fans everywhere, air conditioning where possible, doors and windows open or shut to suit the mood.  Dinner became later and...
Perigord Retreats in spring

Perigord Retreats in spring

Perigord Retreats in Spring. March has been warm this year, 22 degrees centigrade (72 Fahrenheit) and full sunshine during the day which has been fabulous.  We had been concerned that this early spring may be ruined by frost but, so far, we are in the clear. As part...

How do YOU plant a palm tree?

Before we moved in, one of the lovely things we remembered about the property was the positioning of two palm tree s outside of the swimming pool.  We felt it gave it a tropical feel and now love listening to the leaves rustle when we have a little wind. Each time we...
The Arrival of the Piet Mondrian Cows

The Arrival of the Piet Mondrian Cows

The Arrival of the Piet Mondrian Cows We like to take the opportunity to continue to explore new locations and finding different things to visit.  We stumbled upon a brocante on one of these trips several years ago. The whole hamlet is taken over by a...
The Perigord Retreats Journey

The Perigord Retreats Journey

Why France Want to know why we started Perigord Retreats – watercolor workshops in France (and other disciplines, for that matter)? Thinking about experiencing painting in the Perigord like our ancestors? Read on… Having spent many years holidaying in...
“My day out at Beynac” – Ruth Gates

“My day out at Beynac” – Ruth Gates

BEYNAC-et-CAZENAC “What would you say if I told you that you could see the very chamber which Richard the Lionheart, King of England, occupied in the Dordogne region of France? That’s the amazing thing about this area: history becomes today’s reality! Beynac Castle is...

** 4 REASONS TO PAINT PLEIN AIR**

4 Reasons to paint plein air Let’s talk about plein air painting. Some artists like to go on field trips to take photos and later return to the comfort of their own home or studio where they can paint from the previous taking photos. Others like to take their...