I found Painting in France’s website a few months back and decided.. what the heck…”just do it”! And what a wonderful decision it was. I made the trip on my own, (From Texas) and was joined by another watercolorist from Scotland, we had both booked the week long painting holiday. Simon is an accomplished and talented teacher, and his style of teaching is relaxing, unintimidating yet, will lead you in the right direction to fit your style of painting, be it your own style, or a new technique that your open to try, he is right there to help and guide if needed. Each day Simon would load up the car with all the supplies needed, (including coffee) and off we would go to find a place to set up and paint, be it a beautiful Chateau in the French countryside, the vineyards with a country village in the distance or the sea! It was all there. Simon’s wife Monica would then show up with the most beautiful picnics. She is an accomplished chef, and since I was there for the weeklong holiday, we were invited into their beautiful home where she would cook amazing dinners. For a solid week, Simon and Monica thought out everything to the final details! Also included were accommodations at a beautiful B&B, where the host and hostess made you feel completely at home. I would recommend this Painting Holiday for anyone that not only wants to sketch and watercolor a bit, but see the South of France, eat wonderful cuisine, and not have to think about anything except what will we be painting next and what will we eat! Oh, and the wine!!!! Totally AMAZING.