For those that are still on the fence on whether a stay at La Bonne Etoile is in your stars for the summer of 2015….pull up a chair, and have a good read.
It is always a blessing to experience La Bonne Etoile through the eyes of our guests. Please welcome Michelle Wells Grant from Austin TX as we share her blog from 2014 while attending the summer workshop of Margaret Dyer. Reprinted by permission of Michelle Wells Grant.
Saturday, June 7, 2014 Hailing! And not the icy kind.
One more post before heading off to France on Tuesday where I will be learning to paint figures in pastel (and more) under the tutelage of the amazing Margaret Dyer. Two weeks of painting plus some day excursions to Paris and other local places to break up the studio time! So very excited about this!
I’m going to try to blog from there but will be using my iPad instead of my computer for that, something I’ve not done before, so this post is kind of a test. Hopefully it will all work out and I’ll be able to share photos and descriptions of the fabulous experience I’m about to have.
In the meantime, here is a painting I’ve almost finished of my daughter hailing a taxi in the rain in New York two weeks ago. Maybe just a tad more tweaking required. Suggestions are welcomed … there are a few things about it that are still bothering me but sometimes I can’t see what they are! Feel free to jump in.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Through these gates we found a wonderland waiting for us on the other side.
In the village of Fontaine-Fourche (east of Paris) is La Bonne Etoile, the magnificent home and artist retreat owned by Jerome and Kippy, the greatest hosts ever. The house and gardens are breathtaking!
This is the massive barn where the studio is located, right through that turquoise door and up the stairs.
Jane and I stayed in the gite (pronounced zheet) across the road from the main house. It was a charming little place that housed four of us. Jane and I were in the spacious upstairs bedroom with bath and there were two other ladies downstairs, where there was also a common kitchen and dining area.
I couldn’t resist taking a picture of our magnificent bathroom sink. We found most bathroom fixtures and faucets in France to be grand and beautiful.
We even had our own private garden at the gite. Here’s Jane enjoying her morning coffee.
Here we are … the fabulous artists and soon-to-be-friends attending Margaret’s workshop. There were 12 of us, hailing from all over the place; New Jersey, Georgia, Texas, Virginia, and three from Tasmania. Aka the Tasmaniacs. Which they are. We adore them. See Jerome, our fabulous French host, hiding amongst all those women!
Every night we were served a five course meal on this beautiful patio, lasting three hours from about 7:30 to 10:30. The food … magnifique! I returned home with extra baggage … and not in the suitcase!
Beyond the turquoise door lies the studio, where the magic happens. Next post: painting in the studio. Exactly what we came to do! Stay tuned!