Painting at Lac Leman, Vevey a dream come true.
One of the most wonderful things about my job, is that I get to travel, here there and everywhere. I have recently been to Switzerland, visiting a group of students, who started to come on my painting trips in 2019. They are wonderful artists and have become wonderful friends. I went to stay with them at Lac Leman Vevey. A real trip down memory lane for me. I haven’t been to that part of Switzerland for 44 years. A lot has changed, but the core has stayed the same, rolling hills, snow covered mountains, cows with giant bells grazing on lush grass, lots of delicious cheese. We had raclette at Elaines house on our second evening there.
Our first morning painting by the lake was a little chilly and wet but we are all troopers when it comes to painting plein-air, or just about.
Oh what fun we had. Then the rain came pouring down, we gathered our chairs and art materials and went to Shirley’s house to paint some of her exquisite flowers.
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It was a whorlwind trip, three full days to paint in and the group had wonderful places for us to paint in. It was all over too soon.
I had a wonderful trip home and stopped off at peculiar but lovely hotel Le Chateau d’Herbelon. Sadly the link to the chateau doens’t work. It is a little rusty round the edges but the family and the welcome are wonderful as is the situation and landscape.
Bought by the current family in 1965, it used to be an old fortress and has undergone many changes. The family saved it from sure ruin when the river drac was dammed by EDF to create a resevoir. It is without doubt beautiful and colour spectacular. Quite similar to our Lac Sainte Croix, both lakes are fed by snow melt and underground rivers.
And to end this note with a watercolour sketch of Lac Leman at sunset by me. I would show my students art but I haven’t asked their permission yet!!
I am currently working on my trips for next year 2022. Anitgua is looking as though it will happen. Cinque Terra is fully booked. My Bonnieux and Roussillon have yet to have takers, so if you are interested at all, I am looking forward to hearing from you.
|Tess Baker has been painting professionally in Provence for 30 years. She offers small-group painting holidays at her farmhouse in the Var, in other areas of Provence, and in other special European locations. Her week-long workshops include painting sessions in spectacular settings, personal instruction, and amazing meals. |
The countryside is stunning, and Tess loves sharing her joy and her work with others, inspired by the surroundings and the changing seasons.
To learn more about Tess and her tours, see www.paintprovencewithtess
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