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Postcards from Provence 

A Watercolor Painting & Travel Journaling Workshop

with John Keeling and Lo Peyron Mathews

This watercolor workshop in beautiful Provence is suitable for both beginner painters and more advanced. We will be teaching both basic watercolor techniques as well as how to create a Watercolor Travel Journal Sketchbook. Creating a watercolor journal when you are traveling is the complete opposite of how many of us travel these days: taking photos after photos with our phones. Watercolor Travel Journaling gives us a chance to slow down, to sketch scenes around us, to bring out our paints and add some color to our travel journals. 


Lo Peyron Mathews

Born and raised in Sweden, Lo Peyron Mathews has always been drawn to art. Growing up, she took every chance she had to create, and painted just about anything, anytime. Her art style is representational, and she paints uniquely in watercolor. The unforeseen and unplanned nature of this medium is challenging, and she believes that is a major part of its appeal.


About the area

Known all over the world for its beauty, Provence is an artist's dream destination. During the days, we will explore Luberon, and its spectacular countryside of vineyards and orchards, fascinating "perched" hill-top villages, outstanding natural produce and the light of Van Gogh and Cezanne. You will soon see why artists of all calibers are drawn to this alluring area.

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John Keeling

John Keeling is an award-winning watercolor artist who lives and works in Kansas City. He enjoys teaching all ages and skill levels, from private lessons with a nine-year-old to 80-somethings. He spent a successful career as a Creative Director with Hallmark Cards and his watercolors can now be found on a range of products, including calendars, fabric and home décor.


Our lodging: Le Clos du Buis

The hotel has a perfect location in the center of Bonnieux. It is possible to walk to restaurants, shops and galleries. The hotel has a lovely garden, a small pool, plenty of space to paint indoors after our excursions! The breakfast is extraordinary and can be taken in the dining room that has a panoramic view over the beautiful valley below. 


Please find some of our art below. Top row: art by John Keeling. Second row: art by Lo Mathews.


Workshop: "Postcards from Provence", France

Dates: 5/4 -11, 2024

Instructor: John Keeling and Lo Peyron Mathews

Medium: Watercolor, sketching

Lodging: Le Clos du Buis, Bonnieux 

Closest airport: Marseilles

Price: $ 3,590 after Early Bird Discount

The price includes: 

7 night lodging in shared double room

7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Wine with dinner

6 days art instruction

All excursions, museum entrances and other programs during the week.

All local transportation including round trip airport transfer to and from Marseilles.

Folding chairs to use in Provence.

Single supplement: $ 550

Not included:

Airline tickets

Transportation to and from your departure airport

Any pre-tour hotel costs

Travel insurance

Meals not listed above



We will stay in the Medieval town of Bonnieux, located in the Luberon part of southern France. The town is situated on a steep cliff with many hilly streets and overlooks the valley below.

The architecture of Bonnieux, which was a papal town for about 500 years, testifies to the prestige of its inhabitants over the centuries: ecclesiastical dignitaries, counts, lords... up until the modern times of the 19th century. The village has kept all its authenticity, its fountains and wash-houses, its old church and a view that is worth it all.

Our excursions include visits to Roussillon with the world famous Ochre trail and mines, Lourmarin, with a market that has EVERYTHING(!), l'Isle sur la Sorgue, with its distinctive water wheels, and Gordes, known as one of the most beautiful villages in France. 

For questions or to sign up: please contact us at

Early Bird discount of $200 if booking by 1/15/24.

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