Art Holiday Accommodation in SW France Details

Saturday, 23 June 2018


Max and Elvyne came to stay—all the way from Australia.
While they were here they found time to …

Slumming it with  a local politician

…hobnob it with the local Maire. The pic shows them on the Mairie (Town Hall) steps with President Macron’s man in Mezin. 
We also travelled around Gascony showing them all the nearby attractions—Condom (yes that’s really it’s name), Lectoure, Montreal, Nerac and several others.
And Max even found time to paint a watercolour at the round bastide of Fources. 

Look what I painted today!

Then we put them on the plane at Bergerac on their way to Blighty and Ireland. 

A quick bite in the garden, and then it’s time to say goodbye

Bon voyage! Hope to see you again one day.

Friday, 25 May 2018


Gai Jacobs is back in our neck of the woods. Walking on the St Jacques route to Compostela. This time with her friend Bev (who has walked the route several times).

Gai and Bev in the garden at La Petite Galerie. 

We first met Gai when she came to Gascony exactly three years ago, almost to the day, in May 2015. She was with a group friends who were on a “Learn French on Holiday in France” at La Petite Galerie. 
Gai and Bev at lunch in the garden at La Petite Galerie  (2018)
Alistair,  Helen, Annette, Gai, Dawn, Lynne and  Philip outside 
"The Bastard" in Lectoure in 2015.

Gai and friends have a French lesson en plein air at La Petite Galerie in 2015
 We even found time to paint a watercolour at Fources a village nearby that’s officially listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France.

A painting lesson was also on the menu three years ago
While they were here we walked from Condom to Larressingle on the GR 65. The walk seems to have given her the taste “to do The Big One”—their current walk has taken them from Le Puy to Mezin—and they’re now on their way to the Pyrenees, Pamplona, and Compostela in far western Spain. 

Monday, 30 April 2018


Heat and sand. Beautiful.
Three weeks in the Middle East often took my memories back to the Red Centre in Australia.
So I painted this picture for Mat, Vicky, Jack and Tom.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018


This is what my latest diptych looks like on 10 April 2018.
Hope you like it.
Earlier versions at various stages of development can be seen at other posts on this blog.
Watch this space if you’d like to see how it develops.
And please contact me if you have any questions or comments.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018


Here’s a photo of the latest developments. Please keep watching this space to find out how the saga continues.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018


This is the poster I’ll be using to publicise my forthcoming exhibition at the Chateau Le Fréchou in the summer: ADAM & EVE AND OTHER PAINTINGS.
Everything you need to know is on the poster. If it isn’t please email me.

Adam & Eve - A work in progress.

This work in progress shows the stars of my forthcoming exhibition “ADAM & EVE AND OTHER PAINTINGS” which will be on view in the Orangerie at the Chateau le Fréchou during the summer of 2018. (47600 Lot et Garonne). 

I have already posted pics of earlier stages of their development (scroll down to view). As you can see they are not yet finished and there will no doubt be more changes to the figures as the paintings evolve.

Watch this space.