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The last thirty years

In 1893, ten years after first moving to Giverny, Claude Monet bought a meadow next to his property on the other side of the railway. A little brook called the Ru ran through it -- a diversion of the Epte, which is a tributary of the Seine. With permission from the local council he dug a pond, inspired by the water gardens depicted in his collection of Japanese woodblock prints. He bought books on botany, made designs for the layout and plants and wrote daily instructions for his seven gardeners. All this was made possible because his dealer......Read On

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    paula-riley_workshop4Join artist and teacher Paula Riley for the trip of a life time! Paint on the beautiful grounds of Le Vieux Couvent in the Dordogne region of France.  Enjoy many excursions to the most enchanting villages in France. And savor delcious homemade French country cuisine. Open to all painting levels using the mediums of oil, acrylic, or watercolor.Paula will provide demos and lots of one-on-one time at the easel. Cost includes accommodations, most meals, transportation to excursions and to/from Toulouse airport. This is the last chance to experience the fine hospitality at this lovely property, as the owners are retiring in 2018!


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