I’d like to know: where have you been? As I’m planning my workshop in the Dordogne Valley next June, I’m thinking of extending my trip before or after to a nearby country or two. While I’ve spent time in Paris and loved every minute of it, I’d like to broaden my horizons.
If you’ve enjoyed some side trips in Europe, I’d love to hear your experiences! Please share in the comments or via the survey below, what you’d recommend. If you’ve considered traveling for a workshop, there are some great offerings listed below!
I’d love to see you soon at one of these upcoming events… it’s been too long!
Cold Wax & Oil Workshop – October 15 – 17, 2018 in my studio in Oregon City. Register here: http://rutharmitage.com/art-workshops/
How does a painter capture the colors of France? 13 lucky artists will have a chance to find out when they travel with me next June to the Dordogne and Lot Valley and Domaine du Haut Baran. It will be a dream come true- painting the colors of France together!
Domaine du Haut Baran
We’ll have a 7 day workshop – June 15-21, 2019 leaving on the 22nd.
Domaine du Haut Baran is ideally situated in the region of France called the Perigord, Dordogne, Quercy. The area is known for small villages, prehistoric art, wine, wonderful food and antiques. You’ll find links to some of the many nearby attractions here. Our hosts, William and Rosalie will take care of everything. They will pick up our group in Toulouse, and transport us to the chateau, about 90 minutes north. Haut Baran offers modern accommodations in historical surroundings.
You’ll enjoy continental breakfast on the terrace, evenings by the pool and jacuzzzi, an air-conditioned studio complete with french easels, dinners featuring regional cuisine and personalized tours to surrounding attractions.
Pool & Spa at Haut Baran
The Colors of France
We’ll combine painting In watercolor on location with time in the studio. Our focus for the week will be color – glorious color…. from the buff and russets of time-worn stone and tile roofs to the brilliantly blooming lavender and vivid greens of the lush hills and valleys, you’ll explore it all.
Beautiful Studio Space at Haut Baran
You deserve to explore with a group of like-minded artists, guided by a jovial host and expert instructor. You’ll find yourself immersed in color. The rhythm of the days will be both stimulating to artistic growth, and enjoyable.
$3200 USD Artist / $3000 USD Non-Artist
Instruction and Demonstrations with Ruth Armitage, NWS
7 nights at Domaine du Haut Baran
Transportation from and return to Toulouse Blagnac Airport
Transportation to/from all painting sites, tours and restaurants
Daily continental breakfast
3 dinners at Haut Baran including wine
Use of the spacious studio, including full French easels, tables and chairs
All applicable taxes
What’s not Included?
Some meals, personal items, tips, phone calls, and alcohol other than wine with dinner.
Travel Insurance – Highly Recommended!
Fine Dining in Local Restaurants
Sample Itinerary – This will be customized to weather & group interests!
Day 1: Arrival – Meet our group at Toulouse Blagnac Airport in front of the Information desk on the ground floor at 2:30 pm for our transfer to Haut Baran. Settle into your accomodations and relax, then enjoy a welcoming dinner at Haut Baran.
Day 2: Breakfast 9:00 a.m. Orientation and settle in to the studio. Lunch at Haut Baran. Afternoon painting at Montcabriere.Dinner organized at a local restaurant.
Day 3: Breakfast 8:00 a.m. Leave at 9:00 a.m. for our painting site at pont Valentre. Lunch in Cahors. Dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 4: Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Leave at 8:00 a.m. for Saint Cirq LaPopie and Pech Merle (about 1 hour drive) Saint Cirq LaPopie is voted most beautiful village in France! Lunch in Saint Cirq. Afternoon tour of Pech Merle cave and 29,000 yr old prehistoric art. Evening dinner at Haut Baran
Day 5: Breakfast 8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. travel to painting site at Caillau (a 17th centry farm clos.) At 1 pm, we lunch at the Caillau. Afternoon in the studio and evening dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 6: Breakfast 8:00 a.m. Drive to Monpazier, a beautiful bastide town built by English King Edward the 1st. Lunch in Monpazier. After lunch work in the studio. Dinner is Pizza night.
Day 7: Breakfast 8:00 a.m., travel to Domme for our morning painting site. A pique nique lunch is provided. Afternoon in the studio and review of the week’s painting. Evening farewell dinner with champagne.
Day 8: Depart Haut Baran at 6:00 a.m., arriving at Toulouse Blagnac Airport at 8:00 a.m, in time to check in for flights departing at 10:00 a.m.
There has never been a better time to immerse yourself in the colors of France! Don’t be disappointed, space is limited for this trip.
Register Here Click here to register now! I can’t wait to explore this beautiful region with YOU!
In last week’s plein air workshop I kept thinking about the similarities between Painting and Golf. I like to make analogies when I teach, to help students keep perspective on the creative process. By comparing painting to other activities like music or golf, the students can step back from their frustrations a bit, and see things in perspective.
“Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s level of aspiration and expectation.” – Jack Nicklaus
Both Painting and Golf are extremely challenging. In both painting and golf, the success rate is low, even for professionals. Tiger Woods does not expect to hit a hole in one on every hole, or even every game. Similarly, professional artists do not expect every painting to succeed the first time. Artists make preliminary sketches and studies, just as golfers take practice swings and practice putting and driving. Both Golf and Painting attract hobbyists and professionals alike.
Practice is required for both Golf and Painting. Driving and putting are not the same as playing the game of golf against opponents. By the same token, class exercises and sketches are not the same as making a painting. Practice must be focused on improvement, not repeating the same mistakes over and over. Directed practice in golf might focus on correcting a swing. Similarly, directed practice in painting might focus on improving a value pattern or color scheme.
Golfers and Painters must both focus on a good Mental Game. Keeping a positive mental outlook boosts confidence in both fields. Focus and attention are important to help overcome the difficulties of each pursuit. Success in golf or painting can often breed a kind of obsession, too. Both Golfers and Painters become passionate about their pursuit. The variety of golf courses, just like the variety of painting subjects, can entertain enthusiasts for a lifetime.
What other similarities can you think of between Painting and Golf?
If you’re a former student and you’d like to join – click the link above and request to join. We share work, opportunities and feedback here. I hope you’ll participate… it won’t be the same without YOU!
Here are a few select snapshots from my plein air workshop with Vistas and Vineyards! Click the thumbnails for the full image.
New Workshop Announcements
ABC’s of Abstraction – International Society of Experimental Artists: September 24 – 28, 2018 – Newport Oregon
We will cover both the elements of design and the ‘mental game’ in art-making.
Using acrylic and collage, students will explore shape, line, color and texture to craft vibrant paintings that stir the emotions.
You will learn organizing principles, painting tips and techniques for overcoming self-doubt and indecision. Still a few spots left – Register Here
ABC’s of Abstraction –All Media Santa Clarita Artist’s Association: November 9 – 11, 2018