We've just completed a heavenly week of painting in Provence with our artist and "professeur" Bill Davidson, which was so much fun and so perfect and went by so very fast that is seems like a distant, fleeting dream. Luckily we've got the "goods" to prove that it really happened, and some fabulous photos taken by Bill and a few of the ladies on the trip.
Here was the setting in Provence:
Add to that seven talented and committed artists, and give them a brush, a palette, a blank canvas and a drop dead gorgeous view (and maybe a little food and wine from time to time), and look what you've got:
Add a charming, delightful, patient, encouraging, and ever-so-talented Professeur named Bill Davidson, who made it seem so easy, and so much fun ...
The work that these artists created speaks for itself. Here are some of the studies that came out of this workshop, which will be turned into little masterpieces in the next weeks to come (and shown at Huff Harrington's annual Bastille Day Celebration, opening on July 14th at Huff Harrington Fine Art):
For one of us, the highlight was being with seven wonderful, enthusiastic and talented women, plus one heck of a fun guy, in a gorgeous, challenging setting that , as one of the women said, was a picture perfect painting around every corner. Luckily, these die-hards had to stop for lunch every once in a while, and so we enjoyed some delicious, festive meals in some of the best restaurants tucked away in the Luberon Valley.
On the last evening, we were all on the edge of our seats as the Professeur wielded his magic palette and offered a constructive critique of the works, making a few discreet suggestions with his ever active paint brush.
I think it's fair to say that this was a hugely successful trip all around. The artists, who had all studied with Bill Davidson before, knew him well and appreciated his style, and were able to learn so much from him in this unique environment. For his part, Bill, whose enthusiasm is completely contagious, loved the area and was thrilled by the work that all his students did (and the sketches that will be his inspiration for many paintings to come ... can't wait!). And for the lucky hostess, this was just another bit of proof that I may have the best job in the world. Thank you painters, thank you Bill, and thank you Meg, for letting me go! Oh, and can I sign up for the next one?
Ta ta ...