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Margaret Dyer 2010 France (15) Student Work/Provins

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Student work

It’s been a whirlwind the past few days. Our class is over; everybody has dispersed.

On Friday we worked in the studio from 9 a.m until 10:30 p.m. Back to the studio Saturday morning for our last day of the class. For the first […]

Margaret Dyer 2010 France (14) Empire of Death

Friday, June 11, 2010

Empire of Death

The Paris catacombs were created at the end of the 18th century out of abandoned mines to house the dead; filthy conditions of Parisian cemetaries had been causing sickness. So all the remains in the cemetaries were transferred to the abandoned mines. Wikipedia says: “The […]

Margaret Dyer 2010 France (13) Change of plans

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Change of plans

We decided early this morning to stay here and work today instead of spending the day trudging through the rainy streets in Paris. Tomorrow looks like a better day. So as it rained or drizzled under gray skies all day, we got lots done in […]

Margaret Dyer 2010 France (12) Troyes

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Sometimes it’s past midnight before I make it up to my room, and most of the time that’s after a long day and a few glasses of wine. So I can’t blog. All I can do it flop into the bed.

Yesterday (Tuesday) we worked in the […]

Margaret Dyer 2010 France (11) A new class begins

Monday, June 7, 2010

A new class begins.

Never got a chance to write Sunday or Monday. Sometimes I can’t get online for some reason, no connection to the internet. I also am not able to get onto Facebook because of my older operating system on my used laptop (I think that’s […]

Margaret Dyer 2010 France (10) A Day Off

Saturday, June 5, 2010

A day off I took the day off. I took a nap, read some of my book, “Water For Elephants,” did absolutely nothing that had anything to do with art. Kippy, Jerome, Warren and I rode bikes through the French countryside to the River Seine. I kept telling […]

Margaret Dyer 2010 France (9) Vernissage – end of week one of classes

Our last day. We worked from 9 till 4, finishing our pastels. Afterwards, we hurriedly cleaned up the studio, vacuumed, moved all easels and chairs and slide projector equipment and heaters and tabourets to the perimeter of the room behind screens, collected all the work done during the week and displayed it on walls […]

Margaret Dyer 2010 France (8) Cucumbers. Just can’t escape them.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Cucumbers. Just can’t escape them.

This is a 19×24 pastel of the restaurant at the Musee Jacquemart Andre. I did it while the others were working and didn’t need much input from me. I’ll be posting some of their work tomorrow.

It’s 10:00 p.m. We’ve just finished […]

Margaret Dyer 2010 France (7) June 2

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

It is 9:45 p.m. here and it’s as bright as 6 p.m.

We spent the whole day in Paris. We began with the Musee Jacquemart Andre, where there was an exhibit of Spanish masters: Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, El Greco and my favorite, Joaquin […]

Margaret Dyer 2010 France (6) Monday May 31

Monday, May 31, 2010 It was a long day yesterday. We were busy from early in the morning until late at night, exhausted when we went to bed. Kippy had to wake us all up at 8 this morning for class. I never had a chance to get on to the computer. So I’m […]