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July 2019 Perigord/Limousin France


Ever wanted to try a Painting Holiday?


Then join me and our hosts Mike and Sara from the 20th - 27th July 2019 at their delightful farmhouse in the Perigord-Limousin Parc Naturel, for a week of painting tuition in beautiful surroundings.


7 days full board accommodation, delicious food, good company, all transfers.

Painter £975, Non painter £695

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Set within the Parc Naturel Régional, Périgord Limousin which straddles two regions, the South West corner of the Limousin and the North East section of the Dordogne known as the Périgord Vert.

Set in a land of lakes and rivers, oak and chestnut woodlands and chateaux, our farmhouse is a place of peace and tranquillity surrounded by a wealth of beautiful scenery just waiting to be discovered.


This tutored holiday is open to beginners as well as more experience painters alike.


My course in this region of South West France will focus on aspects of colour, line and composition. With a relaxed yet informative manner, I will demonstrate how not to be afraid of using colour in the landscape and how drawing and sketching can inform and further your ‘plein air’ painting. Sketch book work coupled with regular 1 to 1 tuition, will help you develop your personal style. You will have fun experimenting with techniques and processes during a productive and relaxing week in a lovely location.

Just Announced for 2020!

In July 2020, I will be returning to tutor a painting holiday at The lovely Watermill at Posara in Tuscany, Italy.

There is currently an offer on 2020 holidays at 2019 prices.

You can see the link here..


Past Painting Holidays

 Painting Holiday at St Jean Retreats, France (July 2018)

In 2018 I tutored on a lovely Painting Holiday near Cordes-sur- Ciel, Tarn, France.

Set in the lush valley which overlooks the historic and picturesque hilltop village of Cordes-sur-Ciel in the heart of the beautiful Tarn region in south-west France, St. Jean is a stunning, large stone house nestled within landscaped gardens and meadows surrounded by over 150 acres of private hillside woodland.


With luxurious accommodation, gourgeous food and very welcolming owners, St Jean Retreats proved a perfect host for budding artists wanting to experiment with colour and technique. A lovely group sketched, painted, ate, drank and relaxed in a wonderful location, as well as visiting nearby towns of Albi and Saint Antonin.

We even took the opportunity to view the fantastic works of Toulouse Lautrec at the Lautrec Museum in Albi.


Previous Painting Holiday in Tuscany, Italy (July 2017)

Tutoring Plein Air Painting at Posara, Tuscany, Italy - The Watermill, in Posara


22.07.2017 - 29.07.2017



There is nothing like drawing and painting outside on location.

In Tuscany, I demonstrated numerous drawing and painting techniques with an emphasis on colour, line and atmosphere. The Watermill and its surroundings formed a beautiful backdrop to experiment with colour and drawing.


Acrylics/Watercolours incorporating conte/pastel.

I am passionate about working outside, tutoring numerous day and residential plein air holidays. I try to lead by example, creating a relaxed and encouraging environment. I adore using colour while interpreting the light, weather and a love for the materials. I work directly in the field (literally on many occasions!) from sketches created outside as well as notes and photographs taken on location.

Sketching is at the heart of my work: This is important in the development of a piece and on many occasions, forming an integral part of the painting itself. I work a lot on coloured grounds, incorporating aspects of mark-making and directional brushstrokes within the work. I continue to draw inspiration from the landscape, although subject matter can be broad and at times very different.

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