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From the Hudson to the Dordogne

A view of the Dordogne River in France

In Summer of 2009 I was accepted into the Hudson River Fellowship started by Jacob Collins. I blogged during the month-long trip, posting all of my plein air sketches and paintings as we learned to study the landscape as the pre-Impressionist painters of the 19th century did: With careful, detailed contour drawings of foreground elements, and precise color analysis of the landscape.

This summer I’ll be spending the month of July with my husband in the Dordogne region of south west rural France,where we have rented a house and plan to set up a home base. I’ll be doing landscape study using the same Hudson River School methods and techniques to draw and paint the medieval villages, castles, and rolling countryside of this historic region.

I’ll be posting everything to my blog, and hope you’ll follow along with my plein air adventure! If you’d like to be notified the moment I post new artwork during my trip you can sign up for my mailing list by entering your email address in the column to the right of this post.

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Reader Comments (4)

Sounds like fun, I look forward to seeing the paintings. Travel safely.

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThomas

Good luck with your efforts...

I think you will find fine inspiration in works of Ivan Shishkin - Singer of Russian woods ... plein air realist painter from the Peredvizhniki movement.

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSandeep Tiwari

Ivan Shishkin's work is very inspiring, thanks for the suggestion!!

April 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSadie

Looking forward to reading about your adventure!

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Paris
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