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France June 19

Charlie has just been to Chateau Quesmy with a painting group. He was relieved to find that, in spite of poor weather forecasts, they were able to paint outdoors most days.

As usual the hotel was superb, here is the view of one of the rooms.

Note Charlie’s feet!

This is a selection of Charlie’s paintings ……..

Of course, there was a visit to the local hostelry.

As usual, the traffic back in the UK was horrendous!

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Painting Down South!

These last two weeks have been rather busy with Charlie teaching “down South”. First of all he was in Lewes at the Chapter House Art Group.

and they painted this lovely picture in acrylics, a new medium for some painters.

And then he was in Horam with the W.I. for two days. As there were some people only on one day and others for the two days, Charlie painted two views of a local Arts and Crafts house beloved of the Bloomsbury group – Charleston.

      Front and back views.

Then it was off to Goudhurst. The hotel, as usual, did us proud and the weather was fantastic. Some of the painters had been before and it was the first time for others including Sam Rose and his wife Jill who came all the way from Newfoundland in Canada. Those of you who follow Charlie on Twitter will have seen paintings by Sam. He is an Archdeacon at home but was renamed the Jolly Vicar by the group!

The group was able to paint outside every day and we all got a tan. One day we were accompanied by the local wildlife who were very determined to eat something.

Here are some pictures of the painting group….

And some paintings …

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April French Holiday

Charlie has been in France with a painting group at Chateau Quesmy in Picardy. This is a converted barn in the grounds, by the moat.

The weather was a bit changeable but they managed to get out and about and did some lovely paintings.

This gazebo just inside the chateau ….

And a trip out to Pierrefond yielded this painting

      from this view

Of course, there were a few visits to the local cafe afterwards. A little aperitif before dinner!

  A good time was had by all.


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Painting in France

The painting holiday in France was, as usual, a great success. Judging by some of the snaps that were taken, a certain amount of booze was consumed!

Both at the nearby cafe, as well as at night in the restaurant.

But in spite of, or because of, the merrymaking, some lovely paintings were produced.

  The view.

  and the picture.

And another one…