La Bonne Etoile Artists Retreat was specifically developed to assist artists and writers who would benefit from an experience in another culture, along with a time of seclusion and solitude. But through the years it has developed into more....a community of friends. La Bonne Etoile Blog has been designed to expand the richness of that community by continuing the quest to create and recreate together.
La Bonne Etoile workshops are ALL-INCLUSIVE, starting and ending with hospitality shuttles to and from any Paris airport. Our workshop instructors are well known for quality, patient instruction for all levels of students. contact for full information. Be sure to visit the individual websites of the artists, you will find links to La Bonne Etoile workshop information there as well.

One van, 9 artists, 9 wet canvases and 9 wet palettes….oh my!!

One of the wildest, and craziest experiences here at La Bonne Etoile, is the trip home from an en plein air outing. One van, up to nine artist, painting gear and 9-18 wet paintings along with 9 wet palettes […]

Join us for our tenth anniversary!!

Kippy Hammond

Wow!! 10 years. We are so blessed to have been in the midst of so many memories. I can’t think of any better way to have lived my life than to have shared it with all of the artists and friends who have visited La Bonne Etoile. Jerome and I […]

Margaret Dyer 2010 …join us now and in 2011.

Kippy Hammond

Here are Day 3 & 4 of Margaret Dyer’s blog from her stay at La Bonne Etoile, June 2010. As the posts from her blog become more numerous, they will be ordered like a typical blog with the newest posts showing first. So, if you are looking for an earlier […]

Playing ‘Possum


Kippy Hammond

I am not sure if the French have this saying, but I grew up knowing that just because someone appeared to be asleep or dead…they were just “playing possum”. The La Bonne Etoile Blog has just appeared to have died….it has just been playing possum. Quite a few alums have […]

Stepping up to the plate….Vicki Ross

Kippy Hammond

The excitement is building around the opening of The Clothesline Gallery. To our surprise the web domain was available and we quickly reserved it. Now, we are currently looking for just the right format to display and market the completed paintings of the LBE Alums.

Everyone reading this post, […]

Juggling Jello

Kippy Hammond

Have you wondered where the promised posts have been since our launch? Well….we have the perfect reason….we are just back from the states and can share…”It is a girl!!!” for the family. Nope, not a new grand baby…


Bees in the life of La Bonne Etoile Blog

Our purpose of creating this blog is not just to maintain contact with each of you, but also to continue in finding ways to create together. A belief that joy exists in creativity leads us to believe that learning new skills and exploring new terrains are ways keys to continued artistic and personal growth.


Off like a herd of turtles, getting started

I have been playing around with all the bells and whistles of the blogging world and have finally realized if I don’t go ahead and start…well… we will never get there. So, here is our maiden voyage and maybe yours too. Let’s start at the beginning. […]