I spent a week at Chateau de la Chesnaye last summer and I just don’t have enough words to capture how memorable my experience was.
Once you arrive in Chesnaye, your worries and stresses slip away and your life is overtaken with the quiet peacefulness of the place. The Chateau and the surrounding countryside have a simple beauty that is so wholesome and good.
Naturally, the Loire Valley setting does not have the dramatics of a raging seascape or a fast-moving urban scene but it allows you to drift into the calm countryside and to sense the trees, the woods, the grasses and the wildflowers with their pinks and purples and the yellows of the cornfields, all immersed in their country smells. The weather was changeable which made for scenes and skies that changed as you painted in mood, colour, atmosphere and soul all of which, passed into my painting as it opened up in front of my eyes from a blank canvas to an unexpected piece of artistic expression.
I must say I loved my time at the Chesnaye, the painting, inspiration and very much the relaxation and great company of fellow painters.