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 […]

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…


Battlestar Galactica – the lesson for artists

In this letter to Anne Havener, editor of The Pastel Journal” is the seed that germinated to produce this series of articles about the power of experimentation in the growth of an artist. Following next week’s interview of myself on the topic, we will continue to unravel this topic with interviews with Libby Mathews, […]

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. […]