Though unfortunately I can't be there, I wanted to pass on the word about a painting workshop that my good friends Jim Smyth and Brigitte Curt of the California Academy of Painters will be teaching this summer in Provençe, France, from July 7 - 21, 2011. More info here. Jim was one of my first painting instructors way back during my high school years and got me working in oil.
Painting by Jim Smyth
It will be a small workshop, limited to 9 students. Jim and Brigitte have been teaching this summer workshop in Provence for many years now, so they know the area well and you know it will definitely be an unforgettable artistic experience. Check out the link above for more info, photos, and to sign up. It's not hard to come up with an excuse to go paint in France!