Continuing with our journey from the fall of 2014, a year ago we were staying at Le Vieux Couvent in France on a painting holiday with artist Kathie George. Le Vieux Couvent hosts painting holidays with various artists bringing groups of about 20 people to paint, tour and be pampered. What a wonderful place to be!
While there we were painting watercolours, since coming home I have done many watercolour batiks inspired by our stay and as I look through our pictures there are so many more memories waiting to be painted that I will be busy for a long time to come. These were the stairs up to our room:
And if you turned around, this was the view back down:
And this was our painting studio – so inviting!
In addition to painting, there were day trips. We saw quaint little villages like Saint Cirq La Popie perched on a steep cliff 100 meters above the Lot River, ancient cave paintings at Perche Merle, Baynac Castle, Rocamadour and more! We were so well fed we didn’t need to buy anything but the markets were still fantastic. We wouldn’t see open bags of spices or bowls of olives at any market near where I live!
In the little towns we visited the doors were fascinating. This little door knocker looked like a fist all curled up ready to knock.
So many interesting doors into people’s lives!
The hospitality was incredible and I know they did a wonderful job of accommodating my allergies. If you ever have the opportunity to go, please do! Our final dinner included these cute little hedgehog potatoes!
I’m thinking this might be the inspiration for one of my next paintings. It is from Rocamadour, France.
I am extremely grateful for this incredible journey. I hope you to have experiences to treasure and share!