Artist Residency in France en Plein Air
Discovering Joy’s Garden
For twenty years friends of the Musee de La Grande Vigne hosted artists in residency in Dinan, France. I was fortunate to spend August of 2013 there with my husband.
I applied on a whim and it transformed my art and life. I began writing as a result; this blog, books, and teaching. This residency gave me an incubator to nurture new creative direction. And with it I discovered my passion.
Plein air painting in Provence, Brittany, and Paris was beyond my dreams. Paintings I made during my stay in France, as well as supplies, painting locations, and thoughts along the way, are included in my book, “Discovering Joy’s Garden.” Download on Amazon>
Oil paintings I made during my residency helped me find new direction for my artistry and life. Precious time in this peaceful place allowed me to fuse ideas that had been rolling around in my head for years, misunderstood.
Paintings in my studio now ~ five years later ~ are an outgrowth of my time at this artist retreat.
View along Rue du Jerzeul within walking distance of artist’s cottage. This cobbled stone street leads up under the city wall into Dinan.
This residency changed my life! It connected my to all the artists who have ever been fortunate to stay in that little “incubator” art cottage to pursue their artistry. It inspired me to create this website in 2013, and to now create the CreativSOUP Retreats.
Walking in the footsteps of Yvonne Jean-Haffen, I invite artists (and non-artists alike), to join me for an Artist Retreat in Tuscany or Virginia>
See the paintings I did in Dinan, Provence and Paris in my book, Discovering Joy’s Garden.