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.
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Preparing to Depart (Again.)

KathleenHeadshot55 This time last summer I was already in the middle of my first workshop as an assistant at La Bonne Etoile. Fresh out of college and a first-timer at overseas travel, I remember how heavy my pack was when I arrived at Charles de Gaulle. It was full of fancy clothes, shoes, and junk from my daily life that I was convinced I would not be able to live without. However all of these things became so meaningless the second I arrived at La Bonne Etoile and began to realize what I was really there to do. I wasn’t there to be looked at or to spend time with my things. I was there to learn, paint, create, laugh, taste, smell, feel, and soak up every second of the experience that would be over before I knew it. Two weeks whizzed by me in a haze of turpentine and chocolate mousse. It was marvelous.

This time my pack is lighter. No need for a second small carry-on. No fancy clothes I won’t wear. Only clothes that are suitable for plein air painting in lush fields and impromptu bike rides through the French countryside. Only the necessary toiletries because the light on a candlelit terrace during dinner is very forgiving- no make up required. Paint brushes to be dipped in thick oil paints. Shoes to take me in search of the perfect vista. A journal so I can write down and remember everything. Only the essentials so I can spend my second summer at La Bonne Etoile fully immersed in the experience. Stay tuned.




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