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Ratindra draws a crowd
as he paints in China

Cinque Terre
by Ratindra Das
Colorful boats
make port in Cassis

Historic Malta
by Ratindra Das

Santons (little saints)
handcrafted in Les Baux de Provence

Wintering Over
by Ratindra Das
Shop for traditional French linens
inspired by the colors of Provence

Savor the local olives
and other specialities of Provence

A playful mannequin welcomes you
for a taste of absinthe

Oui Provence!
A Provencal Workshop with Ratindra Das

Dates: September 5 - 15, 2018

Ratindra Das, AWS (DF), NWS, is a highly accomplished watercolor artist whose work is internationally recognized. Now you can join Ratindra as he takes his popular workshop to southern France and the incomparable light of Provence . . . the light that inspired Van Gogh, Renoir, Matisse, Picasso and other masters who chose to live and create in the small towns and villages of Provence. Ratindra will help artists of all skills, from beginning to accomplished, learn new techniques, tap into a deeper level of creativity and refine a personal style that clearly reflects each artist's own vision. Daily instruction, individual guidance and feedback plus group review comprise his teaching process.

Ratindra Das teachingRatindra is a Dolphin Fellow and a signature member of both the American and the National Watercolor Societies. In 2017 he was named Distinguished Master by the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. In 2010 he was invited to exhibit in the first Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolor Biennial Exhibition and the Second International Watermedia Masters in Nanjing, China. A popular workshop instructor and frequent juror of shows and competitions, he has served as a selection juror for the American Watercolor Society and many other national exhibitions. He has conducted workshops and seminars across the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Italy, Singapore and China. He was recently featured in the article "Break the Rules" in Watercolor Magazine and "Workshop 101" in Watercolor Artist. Ratindra has published two books, Watercolor Beyond Obvious Reality, and his most recent, Watercolor with an Eye for Design.

The Inspiration of Provence

Provence is a place of inspiration . . . the warmth of the sun, fields of fragrant lavender, the Mediterranean and all its color variations depending on the light, the expanses of pristine beaches, charming villages with their open air markets. It's the place where the French would go to live and work if they could. During your time in Provence, you'll be refreshed and invigorated by your surroundings.

Ratindra's teaching style is very interactive. Daily demonstrations and instruction create the core of the workshop. On an individual basis, you'll have time to discuss with Ratindra what you'd like to achieve in the workshop and how to get there. Most days will also include time to review your work with Ratindra and your companion artists. An informal "show and share" of sketches and paintings created during your time together ends our week just before our final gala dinner together.

Your days will be a mixture of at home, painting around your French home not far from Avignon, and away days, on excursions specially chosen with your painter's eye in mind.

“At Home”

Our home for the workshop is a French farmhouse near the charming hilltown of Saint Andiol. La Bastide d'Odette is an authentic stone farmhouse on nearly eight acres of lovingly landscaped grounds including gardens, shady walkways and courtyards and outdoor dining areas. Many of the spacious rooms have stone walls and beamed ceilings, and a large pool beckons after a long day of touring and painting. Wifi and a washer and dryer are just a few of the amenities. The farmhouse feels secluded and private but very accessible to all of your activities. You'll enjoy meals both chez vouz (at home) and in restaurants chosen for their regional specialties.

“Away”

For venues away from your mas, we've chosen locales that will inspire you to pick up your brushes and that will give you a flavor of what makes Provence so special and so memorable. A few highlights:

  • Les Baux de Provence carries France's Plus Beau Villages designation meaning it's recognized as one of the country's most beautiful villages with a special passion for preserving its heritage and culture. You'll agree as you stand in the castle ruins atop the rocky outcrop on which the village was built and take in the sweeping views of the Rhone and the surrounding plains. The village is also known for its artisans who craft santons (little saints), hisorically depicting nativity figures and now characters of everyday Provencal life.

  • Arles, is where Van Gogh made his home and took inspiration from the Pont de Trinquetaille, one of his favorite subjects. On your Van Gogh intensive tour you'll see other locations that inspired some of his other most iconic paintings. You'll also visit the Roman ruins, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, built after Julius Caesar's triumphant Gallic campaign. Several small museums chronicle Arles history with more than 2000 years of art, sculpture and architecture.

  • Cassis sits atop rocky cliffs that drop dramatically down to the Mediterranean. The small port harbors colorful boats with equally colorful buildings along the quay. Sheltered inlets offer sweeping seascapes along the rocky shore.

  • Aix-en-Provence is where Cezanne lived and painted. Terrain des Peintres (Painters Park) is where he took his inspiration from the expansive views of Montagne Saint-Victoire.. You'll see his evolution as an artist in the display of his work in the park. Aix is one of the most fashionable towns in Provence. During your tour of the city, you can stroll the beautiful tree-lined Cours Mirabeau, the city's "Champs-Elysees. Admire the grand homes and fountains along the wide promenade in this city that knows how to live well. High end shopes and numerous outdoor markets make for a delightful shopping opportunity.

  • And le gastronomie . . . Provence is well known for its regional cuisine and there is no better place to sample the array of local specialties . . . highly regarded wines, olives from Nimes, a salad nicoise at the source, fresh seafood caught that very day and especially the hearty seafood-based soup, bouillebaisse. You'll have a Provencal cooking lesson in your mas, home for the workshop, plus a wine-tasting of the outstanding Cassis appellation.

    Suggested Readings

    To prepare for his program in Provence, Ratindra suggests the following books and film:
    Letters of Vincent Van Gogh by Van Gogh, editted by Ronald de Leeuw. Includes letters to his brother Theo and many of the artist's sketches.
    The Moon and Six Pence by Somerset Maugham based on the life of Paul Gaugin, considered by Van Gogh as the "genius."
    Cezanne - A Life, biography by Alex Danchev.
    Cezanne's Composition by Erie Loran. An illustrated analysis of the artist's paintings in Provence.
    Watercolor with an Eye for Design by Ratindra Das. Optional, focuses on the design of a painting.
    Loving Vincent, a film about the life and death of Van Gogh with animated frames painted in the style of the artist.

    The Workshop Itinerary

    For a day-by-day schedule of Ratindra's workshop, see our sample itinerary.

    Visit Ratindra’s Web Site

    To learn more about Ratindra Das and to see more of his work, visit his website at www.RatindraDas.net.

     

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