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IN THE LAND OF MONET There are many reasons I paint a painting. I have had this amazing gift and I constantly challenge myself by entering competitions around the world. This juried competition was in France. After arriving at Charles de Gaulle Airport I took a taxi to Gare St. Lazare Train Station (remember the painting by Claude Monet) I had been studying it for years and it looked just the same in real life. I traveled north to the village of Yvetot two hours from Paris. I was given this lovely room at the Chateau de Bois-Himont, a large private estate surrounded by lovely poplar trees swaying in the mist. A chapel near a glistening lake gave it an atmosphere that was uniquely French. Over the next weeks I met other artists and sponsors responsible for the magnificent Salon International de Pastel Exhibit. In an atmosphere of warmth and cooperation, language differences among the French, Italian, Russian, Polish, Israeli, Scottish and American artists melted away. To this day 2016 I am in contact with many of the artists I met at this exhibit.
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