Category Archives: Travelogue

Our Lady of the Prairie

I traveled to Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat near Wheatland, Iowa to facilitate a workshop on Contemplative Prayer in Watercolor, as part of a Winter Sabbatical for Religious Sisters. It was a restful day of painting and writing in … Continue reading

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Retreat day out in the country (updated)

Update:  Due to positive response, we’ve added another retreat day at the Coverdales’! Two separate Saturday retreats are coming up:  May 6 and July 15, 2017. Email me ( if you’d like to join us! When I was in central Iowa recently, … Continue reading

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Burlington workshop

(Above left)  Here I am at the Art Center of Burlington teaching watercolor techniques. It is always fun to meet new artists and be inspired in their environment. Because it was raining we could not go out and paint the … Continue reading

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Las Golondrinas

During my stay in Santa Fe for Charles Reid’s workshop we visited and painted at El Rancho de las Golondrinas (“The Ranch of the Swallows”), a historic ranch dating from the early 1700s. It’s now a living history museum “dedicated … Continue reading

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Walking home in Rouen

It is Saturday evening on la rue du Gros-Horloge, about three blocks from our apartment on rue St. Romain. We could always find our way home because of the Cathedral being taller than the houses and shops. Saturday night was … Continue reading

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Before leaving France we took a day to visit historic sites related to the World War II Battle of Normandy, first hopping a train to Caen, a city not far from the D-Day beaches which itself suffered great losses in … Continue reading

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A brief glimpse

Palace of Versailles: Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris: Musée d’Orsay, Paris:

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Rouen shops

We enjoyed lunch at Dame Cakes tea shop, housed in the former workshop of Ferdinand Marrou (link to machine-translated page), an artist in ironworks who created the tower on the Cathedral. Shopkeepers in Rouen are proud of their products, truly … Continue reading

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Runestone and a watchful eye

Near the Church of St. Ouen, a replica of a runestone commemorates Rouen’s Viking history. Vikings (some of my ancestors maybe?) took over the city of Rouen many times and went home in the winter. Then they got smart and … Continue reading

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Travels in watercolor

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