I love painting in foreign locals because it is a chance to sit quietly and absorb my surroundings. I can't help but feel sorry for the tourists in the large groups being herded along, barely having time to snap a quick photo, because they are missing so much.
In Europe when you purhase a meal you own the table, so I look for the cafe table with the best view and then buy breakfast or lunch so I can paint. Here I am in the famous location of Van Gogh's painting Foram Square in Arles, France. I am painting the window overlooking where Van Gogh placed his easel in my watercolor journal.
I just posted 5 ink and watercolor paintings done in Europe this past September in my album Ink and Watercolor Paintings
. They are part of an exhibition titled "Small Gems"
at Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento, California.
I enjoy sharing what I have learned and experiencing the joy of traveling with other artists so I teach watercolor workshops for French Escapade and Toscana Americana tour companies. My next workshop will be in September 2010 and will take place in Cortona Tuscany Italy.
When I teach workshops I usually try to add a few extra days of painting and exploring by myself or with a friend. I have wonderful memories of people that I have met from all over the world while painting. The man who owned the gelato shop I was painting in Vernazza who offered me a gelato cone, so yummy! When painting I hear the sounds of life in a place; children laughing, the sounds of the foreign language, church bells, mooing cows, putt putt motor bikes etc.. I also am aware of the scents I experience;the smell of the sea, freshly mowed field, of course the wonderful smell of a home cooked meal being prepared. Only other Plein Air painters like you all, know what I am talking about. We have the best jobs in the world!