What’s on your bucket list? Have you checked anything off lately? As an artist, “Painting in France” has been on mine for quite a while and I officially checked it off after traveling to Noyers-sur-Serein earlier this month. This tiny village is about 2 hours southeast of Paris in the Bourgogne (Burgundy) wine region and was built during medieval times. As we pulled through the city gate, I felt like I was stepping back several centuries .
What brought me to Noyers? I spent a wonderful week taking part in an artist residency program at La Porte Peinte where I painted daily with 8 other students led by artist Trish Land. This workshop taught me to paint looser and with more freedom. Bolder yet more intentional brushstrokes were a huge takeaway. Another large component of the workshop was feeding off the energy and emotions of being in an unfamiliar place and letting those feelings influence my work….painting beyond what I simply see.
Of course, it wasn’t all work and no play! We spent plenty of time outside of the studio exploring this paradise in the French countryside. Some of our excursions included the Sunday morning market in Chablis, visiting a farm of peonies and irises, dinner at the stunning Mailly-le Chateau, and wine tasting at Bailly Lapierre located in a cave. All of these experiences are actively influencing my next artwork collection titled, "Souvenirs." Souvenir is French for "remembrance" or "memory" and a token acquired during a trip by which to remember it.
The Souvenir Collection is live! Get your own French souvenir by shopping here. Be sure to follow me on Instagram or Facebook for updates on new artwork coming soon.
Finally, I’m excited to announce that a portion of sales from this release will benefit Kids Boost. Kids Boost is a non-profit organization designed to empower kids to use their talents and passions to give back to the world. Kids Boost gives each participating child $100 and helps them turn it into more for a charity of their choice. It’s a great way for kids to learn the importance of philanthropy while supporting important charities. Some of these kids have turned their $100 into several thousand! How cool is that? Visit the Kids Boost website to learn more about this worthy cause and ways you or your child can get involved. Also, be sure to follow their Facebook and Instagram accounts to read stories about these inspiring kids and their latest projects.