Art Holiday Accommodation in SW France Details

Friday, 14 April 2017


Below is a French press release that explains all.
And here’s a sentence that does the same in English. 
Over the past 10 years a group of English Speaking ladies in Mézin has organised a twice yearly sale of second hand books and second hand clothes which has resulted in over 31,000 Euros being collected for the charity Medcins Sans Frontieres.

The photo shows the mayor, Monseur Jacques Lambert, and some of those involved marking the event with a poster outside the Marie in Mézin. 
A ce jour en 10 ans plus de 31.000 Euros on ete collectes a Mézin pour Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Mr Jacques Lambert, Maire de Mézin, rencontre quelques un des benevoles du canton de Mezin qui ont collecté plus de 31.000 Euros pour Medecins Sans Frontieres en faisant les Bourses aux livres anglais et les Bourses aux vetements d’occasion
Les ventes sont a l’Espace Associatif Claude Albinet en face de la piscine a Mézin et la salle est offert gratuitement par la Mairie de Mézin.
Tous les benefices sont reverses a Medecins Sans Frontieres.
Tous les vetements non vendus sont donnes a la Croix Rouge a Nerac.
La somme globale montre la generosite des gens a Mézin et ses alentours pendant 10 ans
C’est surtout les dames anglaises avec quelques francaises anglophones, mais il ne faut pas oublier les hommes anglais, nos maris et autres costauds qui nous aident en portant les livres, etc. a la salle et au stockage.
La prochaine Bourse aux vetements d’occasion a Mézin est le weekend 20 et 21 mai 2017 (samedi 10-17h/dimanche 10-16h) Venez nombreux….


This nude couple is essentially my version of a very traditional subject, Adam and Eve (sometimes called The Expulsion) that’s been a very popular theme for artists since the middleages. It probably reached its peak during the Renaissance. I’ve always found it a socially acceptable way—or a good excuse—to paint naked people—often with mildly erotic overtones. 
When I was living in Melbourne, one of my exhibitions, Adam and Eve and Other Nudes did quite well in sales as well as press publicity.
Anyway, this is my latest Adam and Eve. 
You can also see it, and lots more of my paintings on Saatchi Online.
I have some ideas for a few variations on this theme which I’ll be working on over the next few weeks.
Here are some technical details. 
It’s painted on heavyweight paper (300gsm) specially manufactured to take acrylic paint. The painting is signed, dated and embossed with my monogram. 
The sheet size is 50 x 64 cms and the actual image size is 43 x 56 cms. (19.5 x 25 ins and 16.5 x 22 ins)
It will be packaged and shipped in a very sturdy, large diameter (10 cms) cardboard tube.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions of if you’d like to give you a quote on an affordable original painting.
And dont forget my challenge: Everyone, yes everyone, can learn to paint and draw.
For more information on art holidays in France for families and friends, please click here.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017


Here’s my latest portrait: David Bowie. Another of my portraits of androgynous males. I’ve always been passionate about portraits, but now that Lynne refuses to sit for me (I quote: “It’s boring, a thorough waste of time, and you always make me look like a fucking monkey”) I’ve had to cast a wider net. 
Fair go, I suppose, I’ve had the services of a free model for almost fifty years. Plus she’s done everything else and I’ve…er...well, I’ve painted, I suppose.
So now it’s the internet and photos of people with interesting faces. Like these three: Bowie, Nureyev & Beckham. 

Friday, 17 March 2017


This is a painting of the Mill I did for an American couple last year.
     It's where you'll stay if you come on a small group tour to Gascony. A beautifully restored medieval building with 6 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. We host several groups of 6 to 12 people who come to walk on the St Jacques Route in France, or to brush up on their French, or to learn a few of the secrets of French cooking, or to paint and draw with Ray, or to simply explore the secrets of this beautiful region of France. One of the main benefits of travelling with a few friends or like minded people is that the cost per person is remarkably attractive.
     Here are some links with more information on small group holidays.
     French Lessons in France

     Learn to Paint and Draw

     Walk on the St Jacques Route in France

Saturday, 4 February 2017


In late 2016, just before I went to Tasmania on holiday, a French lady asked me to do a watercolour portrait of her son. He lives in Paris and I've never met him, but she did have a recent, albeit rather poor, photograph of the young man.
Here's the result.
She was really pleased.
I look forward to hearing what her son thinks.

Sunday, 22 January 2017


Jean Moulin was appointed by General de Gaulle to unite the very fragmented resistance movements operating in France during the Nazi occupation. 
His mission was successful, but he was betrayed, captured by the Germans and tortured to death.
Many contemporary historians have questioned some of the facts.
This watercolour portrait was a commission painted from a famous photograph.

Saturday, 10 December 2016


One day recently a friend told me me that one of his dogs had just died. (She’s just done the trip to Dignitas is how he put it). I’d painted her a few years ago. You can see her here: Tam.
He was so despondent that I told him I’d paint the surviving dog for him as soon a possible.
So I took a photograph and here it is.

For more information about animals painted from photographs, please click here: