Hi, Beverly Hooks here and I hope you enjoy my new painting “Chateau de Pravins,” it was a fun historical location to paint. Please follow my website for more information regarding purchasing the original work or a beautiful Giclée Print.
Established in 1251 the Chateau de Pravins sits on 6 hectors (2.5 acres) in the beautiful Region of Burgundy, France. In cooperation with the Beaujolais Villages, 57 acres produce Chardonnay grapes, along with a variety of red and white wines and beautiful champagnes in the fertile and organic vineyards.
The Chateau de Pravins offers a restored 5 star hotels, a place to relax and enjoy the village wineries.
Isabella Brossard is the current owner/operator since 1998. Restoring all the buildings to its 1251 original character, that my friends is 768 years of history. A brief historical count caught my attention straight away, especially the historical ability to maintain the independent free-hold status from the time of Charlemagne. The founding family, La Bessee Villefranche has called the area home since 1200 and have produced handmade wines ever since. In the 17th century the winery passed to the Gaspard’s cousins, the Marguis Damas d’Antigny. (for more historical information google the Marguis Damas d’ Antigny and more about the winery today at Chateau de Pravins.)
Oh, how I wish I had taken the photos for this painting. Many thanks to my friend and student Leslie for sharing her trip and tour of France and for sharing her photos with our Painting Class. The Chateau de Pravins ranks high on my must see list.
Monet – One of the greatest impressionist Artist is coming to the DAM! Start making your plans for next October as the Denver Art Museum (DAM) in conjunction with the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany have organized the largest and only stop in the U.S. of Monet exhibits in decades. For more information check out theknow.denverpost.com
Another great find is the article from mymodernmet.com – “How Impressionism changed the Art World and Continues to Inspire us Today”. *Sidenote – you may need to search for the article by the name, mentioned above.
Coming soon….I will be sharing the different styles of Art and the Artist who took the world by storm at beverlyhooks/blog.com
Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach, Oregon
My new painting “Misty Sun” was rendered from a photograph taken by my student Terrisa Burke on December 1, at 10:53 am, standing in Ecola Park looking out in the distance to Hay Stack Rock. Thank you Terrisa for sharing!
Photo – courtesy of Terrisa Burke
This painting/photo speaks to me with tons of ambiguous excitement. When I first saw the photo my thoughts raced to the obscurity of the sun…or could it be a shrouded full moon at twilight? The scene moved me in so many ways, oh, the uncertainly of the fleeting mist and fog. Will the sun triumph or will the mighty pacific winds blow even more mysterious veiling?
How often this scene parallels the fragilities of life as the deep burning passion that unlocks our true identity often layered by the fog of our actions. Even so, the love and passion for truth, as in this painting drove me to find the softness and power in the ambiguity of the day.
Cheers to the passionate love of nature and life. Cheers to every artist and lover trying to reach that ultimate scene on their elusive individual canvas.
Spring breezes seem to whisper around every corner and here in the Pacific Northwest, Cherry Trees are sneaking about, ready to burst open while some are in full bloom with the Plum and Apple following closely behind. Yesterday, I saw a field of daffodils in full bloom, standing sturdily against the playful breeze. Yes, indeed I thought spring is just around the corner!
My new painting “Yesterday, Today and Forever”, is reminiscent of love in all time. Take your love by the hand and walk into the sunset as you visit my new work. Why does spring draw us nearer to the one we love in our thoughts, words and deeds? Perhaps it is a refreshing of our spirit.
“Yesterday, Today and Forever”
Rialto Beach, Washington State
24 x 18 Original (Not for Sale)
Giclee Prints – 24 x 18 – available on canvas or watercolor paper
Beverly Hooks Impressionist – Classes and Workshops
My Art Class is moving to The Allyn Center in Allyn Washington. February class begin Thursday Feb. 1st.
As you will see on the enclosed flyer everything stays the same, except the location. Although I will miss the beauty of the Salmon Center “Farm”, my new location is more convenient with a full view of Case Inlet.
If you are interested in classes, learning to paint, or honing your artistic skills; contact me, because there is room for YOU in our new location.