I received an email today asking where the charming building is that is on my opening page of my blog. The answer is the tiny village of Virieu, France. I would probably never have discovered this out of the way French Village had it not been for Jackie and Valery the owners of French Escapade. They designed a wonderful painting trip for my students and I in 2005. We stayed in a charming guest house in a rural area of France. Everyday we were treated to fabulous French cuisine by Valery, and taken to wonderful painting sites by Jackie. This little flower shop was a favorite subject of my students and I. I so enjoyed our trip that we I asked to be the instructor on another French Escapade in 2008. The trip is full, but just in case something happens you could sign up on the Waiting List. For more information on my French Escapade May 28 to June 5, 2008 or other trips planned by French Escapade their

Par Sandy DELEHANTY-USATo see more of my paintings, my website is

Painting is my passion.It’s an obsession! I see a blank canvas or a sheet of watercolor paper and I can’t wait to start putting paint on it. I never run out of painting ideas. Inspiration is everywhere. The early morning light filtering through the big oak tree and touching a small rose blossom, the abstract patterns in a box of decorated chocolate truffles, the patterns of light and shadow falling across the porch of an old home, become paintings in my mind. The act of creating the paintings is pure pleasure. Hopefully, the people who give my paintings new homes, derive as much enjoyment from owning them, as I do from creating them.

My family and I live in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains of California near the small town of Penryn. I am a full-time artist painting in both oils and watercolor. I teach watercolor classes and workshops and take my students on painting trips around the world.

Virien France




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