Sketching in France – Valbonne

Day 4 – Market day in Valbonne. Local bus 630 brings us on a pleasant 30 minute ride through a verdant Spring countryside with views towards Grasse and as far as the distant Alps. Valbonne is a lovely authentic village with a lively and colourful Friday market. A sunny café in the Place des Arcades is our perfect spot to sketch the scene over coffee and croissants.  Kieran explores some great sketching spots by the church and around the market Colette and Pauline escape from the market crowds to discover the quiet side streets of the old town Maria and…

Sketching in France – Island

  Day 3 – to the Lérins islands. We take the local bus number 1 into Cannes, a 10 minute ride, to stroll and sketch at the colourful Forville Market. Enjoying the scene over coffee, and drawing the fruit and the archways and the shoppers. We pack a picnic lunch and head along the quay to the boat to Île Saint Honorat, the smaller and less visited of the Lérins islands. It has been a monastic retreat since the fifth century, where a community of monks continues to cultivate vineyards and olive groves. A place of quiet contemplation, far from…

Sketching in France – Hangar

Day 2 – a whole day painting with the Hangar Art Association, near Châteauneuf de Grasse, where I had been a member and instructor during our time in France. For our Irish artists, a “French style” art workshop is a special experience – in the sunshine, under the trees, with a glass of rosé in hand to inspire creative flow! Dutch abstract artist Pim de Jongh leads an international gathering of artists here every Wednesday in a relaxed and informal setting. We are visitors today, warmly welcomed by all.  Using acrylics on paper, we can transform our sketches into a…