Meet artist and teacher Caroline Homes Nuckolls.
Caroline found me through ParisBreakfast posts on Giverny. Yes, I forgot to mention I was off for a very special week of painting in Monet's gardens with Caroline and Art Colony Giverny.
Caroline has been painting there since 2001 with Gale Bennett, then as his assistant and now leading the group each September. We entered through the gardeners entrance. You won't see this view unless you go with Caroline.
Name the flower please...Zinnias?
And you won't get to paint after hours either and have the gardens mostly to yourself from 5 - 8 pm.
Try to imagine as well entering WITH the gardeners at 7 am.
The visitors come in at 9 am. Then they open the house shutters.
Name the flower please. Along with getting the cheese book I better get a flower guide.
Yesterday Caroline led us on an introductory tour of Monet's gardens. She knows it like the back of her hand.
"Part of this trellis is authentic...this part was remade to match". There isn't a pebble here Caroline doesn't have an histoire to tell.
So many secrets were revealed. Caroline PLEASE write a book telling all.
Meantime you can learn to mix colors using "Observation with imagination" the Gale Bennett way with Caroline. Photographers are welcome too in the groups, or you can just inhale the fresh perfumes of the flowers and still have the time of your life.
We stay at an old mill 5 minutes walk from the gardens.
Tomorrow I'll share my early morning walk in the gardens. Watching the light change is mind