South of France Painting Workshop - Summer 2019

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The “Ooh La La! You Did That In France!”

Experimental Plein Air Workshop,

With Suzanne Tevlin
July 30 to August 9

This is still just a draft. I'll be adding more details over the next couple of days.

I've just been asked to give a Painting Workshop in the South of France. It's to be held at  Le Vieux Couvent  an artist's retreat near Toulouse, between July 30 and August 9, 2019 (this summer). It is an absolutely beautiful spot and the package includes gourmet meals, exquisitely arranged accommodations, as well many delightful views to paint and meander through. It sounds like Heaven! Let me know if you are interested and I will let you know directly as more details become available. I can take 12 arty types with me. It will be mainly oil, waterbased or mixed media painting, out of doors.

The 10 day painting workshop that I will lead in the south of France will be an event of artistic magnificence. If you are a dabbler, a Sunday painter, a gifted amateur, or an artist of some skill in need of other creatives to get you back on track, this will be the perfect setting. Toulouse is where Henri de Toulouse Lautrec was born and, as we all know, bore the title of Count. His chateaux, and the chateaux of his relies, are all close by. Some of the most wonderful culinary delicacies come from this area of France. What a treat we will have, painting everyday, visiting villages and museums and eating like kings.....heaven. The artists retreat has been in operation for 20 years and is as beautiful as one can imagine.

Here'a a link to Le Vieux Couvent.

Your art supplies (I will post a list of what I will be bringing as a guidline for you) 

Remember that you must be able to carry any "set up" by yourself - sometimes for a long distance.

Art Supplies: I'm working on this section at the moment

Derwent Inktense:
The Inktense ink based series from the British company Derwent is an exciting addition to the life of waterbased media painters. The 3 products I use are terrific fun together, separately or with watercolour or gouache. Inktense is not liftable like w/c. It is permanent, no doubt due to the use of dyes rather than pigments, but the colours are vibrant in a way w/c seldom is. You can lay down layers/glazes that do not mix as you build them up. I strongly recommend the new travel pan set, but this doesn't replace the blocks & pencils. I choose the blocks I use most and breaking them in half, put them in a travelling case I made out of a large pill dispenser and a pencil box. I use a small pill dispenser for extra  watercolour selections - it fits into an Altoid Mints box perfectly. I use Da Vinci Kolinsky travelling brushes. These ones in the picture I have had for at least 15 years. You need a good pencil sharpener, and a leakproof plastic water holder. I bought this one at a camping store in Paris. I use the same Arches watercolour blocks I use for w/c.

Inktense Blocks

Inktense Pencils

Inktense Travelling Pan Set -12 halfpan set

Watercolour  Sennelier - 24 halfpan set

Coloured Pencils: In most cases I will just bring a handfull
Luminance-Caran d'Arche (40)
Polychromos-Faber Castelli (36)

Watersoluble Coloured Pencils
Faber Castelli-Albrecht Durer (36)
Derwent - Graphitint (12)

Da Vinci Travelling Brushes - size 5/6 + 8

Micron Coloured Ink Pens – sepias + a handfull of favorites

Pilot V5 + V7 Black Ink Pen

Mechanical Pencil .5 or .7 lead

Uni Posca White Paint .7 nib

Flemish Dryer Medium + 2 small empty glass jars for turps (which you will purchase in France-DO NOT put it in your luggage) &medium

Always consider the weight of your supplies-a small tube half used will weigh less than a new tube. 

End tubes of paint of your favorite palette

Lead White or titanium - small tube

6 brushes - 2 small, 2 medium, 2 large


Arches Watercolour Blocks 2+ – work on one while the other dries then alternate

Buff Coloured Spiral Sketch – (small-6" X 9") paper should be heavy & smooth

Archival Gessoed Boards – if you work from a coloured ground prepare the panels before you leave home

Watercolour Spiral Journal - white

Moleskin Journal

If I’m walking any distance I tend to do w/c studies during the day and then work up a small oil in the evening. If I’m close to home I will spend the day/afternoon on the work. If I'm visiting museums I bring the buff spiral, mechanical pencil, black ink & white Pebeo, + eraser!

I will be adding more to this page over the next few days.

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