Painting Beynac, France 2018

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Last month I had the pleasure of embarking on another plein air (french for painting in the great outdoors) adventure with 8 other amazing artists. Most of us met in person on our last painting trip to England in April 2017 and this time we added two more to the group. All of us are working artists as well as full-time mothers so these trips take a lot of planning and hard work to pull off, but it is certainly worth it!

We traveled south of Paris to the Dordogne region of France where we stayed in a medieval town called Beynac-et-Cazenac, perched atop a cliff over looking the Dordogne river valley. We spent our days exploring our village and others in the region, eating delectable cuisine, canoeing, touring castles, chatting, swimming and painting. Lots and lots of painting. The manor house we stayed in had a great big room and table for us to all set up inside during the night and during the day, we’d set up our easels in the yard and capture the stunning views of the Dordogne river below us. It was heavenly.

Before leaving France, we spent a couple of days in Paris where we visited some museums, took a night boat ride down the Seine, and covered as much ground as possible on foot. It was a delight to just wander and explore and load up on as much crepes and chocolate croissants as possible. See a video of our trip I put together here!

Our group plans to hold a collective sale of our work from France on November 20th. Subscribe to my newsletter to receive more information!

Au Revoir,

Laura

Here are links to the other fabulous artists who I traveled with:

Dallas Skyline Mural for Caitlin Wilson Design

 In the process. So much blue!

In the process. So much blue!

 With Caitlin Wilson at the warehouse sale.

With Caitlin Wilson at the warehouse sale.

At the end of September I had the opportunity to paint my first real mural. It was a bit out of my comfort zone but that’s where the magic happens, right? Totally. I had already designed a mural for the headquarters of Beauty BioScience, but in that situation I had painted the designs on a small scale in my studio and then they were blown up and put up on the walls. This mural for Caitlin Wilson Design was done traditionally, requiring me to paint directly onto the wall on-sight. It really challenged and stretched me as an artist, having to learn completely new skills and techniques and it involved many hours and long days, but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience! The biggest challenge was translating the look of the original watercolor design that Caitlin fell in love with and mimicking that same effect with acrylic paint. The rough texture of the wall also made the process much slower as it required several passes of brushed on paint in order to get a clean line. Little by little, it came together! The design includes many prominent and historical sites in Dallas, and if you look closely you can see that I included her store front and center.

Mine was not the only mural painted that week; two other local artists contributed their work as well and the collective effect of all our murals together is quite stunning. On Saturday, September 29th, the store hosted its first warehouse sale and unveiled all of the murals as part of the event. It was such a treat to see people react to the mural and take pictures in front of it. I feel really grateful for the opportunity Brigham and Caitlin Wilson gave me to do this project and I think I may be addicted to painting murals now! Check this one out at the Caitlin Wilson store in Dallas, Texas if you’re int he area. And if you’re a fan on the design, I offer prints of it in my shop!

xoxo,

Laura