Immersed in farmland and quaint Loire Valley villages, Janet will guide you with daily demonstrations, techniques and individual instruction to boost your confidence while you capture an exciting sense of depth and atmosphere in your work. We’ll learn what makes a strong composition, how to capture that fleeting southern French light, what to leave out, and when to stop. You’ll cultivate a deeper sensitivity to color as you explore the immediate and intense pastel medium to give your work its unique quality.
- 7-nights at “Circle of Misse” 19th c. chateau situated in verdant farmland, on the Southern edge of the Loire River Valley.
- All meals and drinks, daily appetizers and aperitif before each dinner.
- Your own private bedroom and bathroom, desk, hairdryer, and USB charger.
- Daily painting, morning and afternoon in the countryside, gardens, vineyards, and other chosen painting sites.
- Easels, trays, pastels, sanded paper, and drawing supplies provided.
- In case of inclement weather, the charming studio offers an opportunity for all to paint.
- Sightseeing to the medieval town of Chinon, visit Henry II castle, the market, winery and nearby 15th c. Chateau d’Orion, covered in murals of the Fontainebleau painting school.
- Pick up and departure from specific locations, details upon registration or enquiry.
I would love to share this unique, personal workshop and retreat experience with you. Limited availability, so reserve your space today for an incredible retreat and journey of a lifetime, so please enquire.
Plein Air Painting using Pastels
Ongoing private and group lessons. Drop-in on Wednesday mornings*
*Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to find out the exact location
Depending on the weather, we meet at several specific sites in the Ann Arbor area and sometimes we meet indoors.
Online critiques $25/three paintings
(email your images for critique)
"What a great lesson yesterday!
That lovely location had such a variety of scenes,
it was hard to choose.
Your explanation of learning to pick and choose what was in a landscape to make a pleasing composition of it was so much more detailed than what others have tried to teach me that I feel more comfortable in deciding what to paint from what I see."