In 2009 I traveled to paint and see museums in 7 western European countries for 7 weeks. It was such an incredibly exciting time for me that I returned in 2011 for an 8 week gypsy-like adventure while camping in my new Peugot Partner Teepee. On that second trip I discovered the caravanning parks in every country, and the amazing open-air museums with charming historic farmhouses and the costumed hosts who worked at the traditional daily tasks and skills of their ancestors. Besides that, I viewed thousands of paintings in scores of great museums on those two unforgettable trips. Those images and the fond memories of food, culture, travels, shopping, people and landscapes, with their animals and unique features, have remained deeply imprinted on my mind, not to mention the painting sessions.
Enjoy these snapshots of the trip, and when you check out the painting gallery click the "i" button in the upper left corner for details on each of the indvfidual paintings.
Set to GO! Netherlands
Monet's beutiful lily pond, Giverny, Fance
Netherlands - open air museum
No doubt Vincent painted this bridge (wink), Netherlands
My first Swiss Shiner, Chavornay, Switzerland
Lausanne, Switzerland - so many beautiful places to go!
North side of Lake Geneva, Switzerland
More Shiners, Chavornay, Switzerland
Fantastic cook and dear friend Denise, Chavornay, Switzerland
Jacque the collector of antique cars, Chavornay, Switzerland,
Mr. Vigley (a well known artist), of Chavornay Switzerland
Camping spot in Switzerland - rain, of course!
Switzerland Shiner (one of hundreds of guests I've invited to paint with me on location)
Discussing Van Gogh
... "just paint"
Netherland's coast - I had never seen (before or since), a bronze statue dedicated to Plein air painters before... exciting!
Robin Hood's Bay - North East Coast of England