A Painter’s Paradise – van Gogh to Monet

For me, my favourite memories of Holland and France revolve around art and family. Beautiful art wrapped up with rare memories of a family I hadn’t seen in 30 years.

Time spent with my daughter before things changed before she became too independent to need me. Precious memories of her as a teenager are intermingled with my memories of Amsterdam and Paris.

When I see images of Monet’s Gardens or the canals of Amsterdam, I think of her. Walks along the Seine perusing the stalls and buying posters. Visiting the Musée de l’Orangerie and seeing Monet’s Water Lilies, a bike tour to Monet’s Gardens where willow trees dip long tendrils in the water, creating hidden places begging to be explored. Memories and art all rolled into one.

Even my uncle who we stayed with is a talented artist. It surrounded me. Oh, and did I mention my daughter herself is also a talented artist?

Originally, this was an itinerary created for artists, those looking for those magical places in Europe to paint. Unfortunately, due to changes in circumstances this trip did not happen. But I have often thought it could be the inspiration you need to go out and explore.

This itinerary starts in Amsterdam, a beautiful, historical, quirky city and then onto Paris, the City of Lights, a place where everything is a painting. Staying in Montmartre, an area that at one point or another has been home to artists Salvador Dalí, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro and Vincent van Gogh.  And with a visit to Monet’s Gardens thrown in before we head to Provence, home of the lavender fields, our artist trail is complete.

Imagine the paintings that will emerge from this trip? The inspiration and ideas!

 

An itinerary designed to inspire the artist within. Starting in Amsterdam, then Paris and onto Provence.Artwork by artist, Kathy Karas

 

There is no shortage of inspiration. From whole fields of lavender to single stems the only question you will ask yourself is

“Did I bring enough paper?”

 

Our upcoming trip in 2018 with artist Kathy Karas to paint in watercolour in Amsterdam, Paris and Provence.Painting by artist, Kathy Karas

 

Kick off your creative journey by visiting the Van Gogh Museum and seeing my most favourite of all van Gogh paintings.

 

Our upcoming trip in 2018 with artist Kathy Karas to paint in watercolour in Amsterdam, Paris and Provence.

Almond Blossom, Vincent van Gogh 1890

Our upcoming trip in 2018 with artist Kathy Karas to paint in watercolour in Amsterdam, Paris and Provence.Painting by artist, Kathy Karas

 

Even rainy days in Paris provide the perfect backdrop for a watercolour painting.

 

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In Paris, everywhere you look is a painting to capture. From the iconic sights of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe to Montmartre once the home of van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Modigliani and so many more great artists. From a cobblestoned laneway to the textured buildings you will want to capture it all.

 

Our upcoming trip in 2018 with artist Kathy Karas to paint in watercolour in Amsterdam, Paris and Provence.

 

Our upcoming trip in 2018 with artist Kathy Karas to paint in watercolour in Amsterdam, Paris and Provence.

 

Our upcoming trip in 2018 with artist Kathy Karas to paint in watercolour in Amsterdam, Paris and Provence.

 

There is nothing quite like the experience of a visit to the Musée de l’Orangerie to see Claude Monet’s Water Lilies followed by a visit to his gardens in Giverny. An experience I find hard to describe. You may also like My Tour to Monet’s Gardens.

 

Our upcoming trip in 2018 with artist Kathy Karas to paint in watercolour in Amsterdam, Paris and Provence.

 

Our upcoming trip in 2018 with artist Kathy Karas to paint in watercolour in Amsterdam, Paris and Provence.

 

Our upcoming trip in 2018 with artist Kathy Karas to paint in watercolour in Amsterdam, Paris and Provence.

Our upcoming trip in 2018 with artist Kathy Karas to paint in watercolour in Amsterdam, Paris and Provence.Artwork by artist, Kathy Karas

 

And of course what more could an artist ask for than to capture glorious lavender fields of the Provence Region. Literally a “Painter’s Paradise” that will leave you with inspiration for years to come.

 

Our upcoming trip in 2018 with artist Kathy Karas to paint in watercolour in Amsterdam, Paris and Provence.

Quick sketches with a bit of colour are perfect to capture the sights and scenes of Amsterdam with beautiful canals and architecture. Kathy creates beautiful travel watercolour journals from these small scenes.

 

I can create an itinerary like this for you or your group. Contact me here and let’s talk about the inspirational itinerary you want to plan.

Cindy x

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Hi there! I'm Cindy the founder of Travel Charm. About 6 years ago I learnt to overcome anxiety to follow my travel dreams. And I haven't looked back! I would love to help you plan your travel so you can start living your dreams instead of just thinking about them.

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Cindy Reid

Cindy is the founder of Travel Charm and combines her passions of planning and travel with hosting small group tours and travel planning. She loves nothing more than helping people fulfil their travel dreams.

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