Art Holiday Accommodation in SW France Details

Friday 14 September 2018


Suzanne’s fall painting trip to France is coming to an end.
But there’s one day left, so let’s get on with it. 
Breakfast. Painting. Picnic. Painting. Back to La Petite Galerie. Painting. Crit. Dinner. Bed.
Quite a full day, as you can see. 
Here are some visual memories. 

Painting in the medieval bastide of Larressingle.
Amongst the roses at Fources .
Picnic at Larressingle.
Under the trees, deep in thought about colour, composition and technique.
Last dinner in Gascony at La Table des Cordeliers in Condom.

So that’s it folks for 2018. 
Tomorrow it’s au revoir et bon voyage. 
Back to the USA.
Hope to see y’all again sometime. 
Amicalement et bisous, 
Ray & Lynne

Monday 10 September 2018


Suzanne and John are back with a group of friends.
They’ve come to paint, and while they’re here we hope to have a bit of fun along the way.
Wine is important so we’ll do some wine and Armagnac tasting.
Food is important so we’ll test quite a few local restaurants to see how they rate.
Markets are important so we’ll visit a few of those too.
And there are some wonderful, very old and beautiful villages to see as well.
Everyone loves Lynne’s picnics so they’re also on the agenda.
Oh yes, and then there’s the art component. So we’d better get on with painting a few pictures as well.
The cliche is that pictures are worth a thousand words, so here we go with some photos of what we get up to.

Theresa, Jan and Suzanne painting amongst the vines at Lectoure.

Leigh Anne, Elaine and Ray working it all out.

That’s Debbie in the background
Picnics are always popular. This one’s on the banks of the river in Nerac.

Painting outside a medieval house in Nerac.

Preparing to paint a portrait at La Petite Galerie.

Lunch at the Contes d’Albret. This restaurant specialises in  duck.

All in a day’s work.

Jan and Andy.

Debbie and Donald.

Rebecca and Marilyn.

Suzanne and Rudolph.

Leigh Ann and Jackie.

Theresa and Jane.

Elaine and Audrey.

Picnic lunch at the Chateau du Frechou.

Preparing to paint the pigeonnier at Le Frechou.

Theresa’s version.

Leigh Ann with hers.

Elaine with her version.

Suzanne with hers.

Watch out! Big Brother’s always watching you.

Finishing off the paintings.

Debbie decided to paint the Orangerie as well.

Now it’s 6.45 PM and they’re at it in the garden at La Petite Galerie.

So that’s what we’ve done so far, but tomorrow we visit Condom (where the Three Musketeers and d’Artagnan came from. Then we go on to the tiny bastide of Larressingle. And we’ll be painting in Fources after lunch. So come back for more when you have the chance. 

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.

Tuesday 27 February 2018


We’ve known Anna & George longer than we’ve known anyone else in France.
Today’s Anna’s birthday.
And it’s a BIG ONE!
So I did this copy of Van Gogh’s Yellow Chair for her.
We’ll give it to her in a few hours time.
Hope she likes it.