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When Peter Evans and Jill Fellows met they found that they shared a mutual interest in all forms of art, and especially in the creation of images.
"Pete and I believe that the disciplines of painting, photography and the moving image are, in principal, very similar," says Jill. "All three require an understanding of the same concepts: light, shape, form, tone, colour and composition."
Peter agrees, "I doubt there is any photographer or cinematographer worth their salt who has not been inspired by, or learned something from, the great painters of the past," he says.
photograph by painter Anne Miller from Canada
"For example, not many people are aware that the celebrated photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson studied painting and the arts for four years before ever he picked up a camera, and that he eventually returned to it, putting down the camera in favour
of the brush for the last thirty years of his life." Indeed, the disciplines are so closely related that Peter likes to argue that "Johannes Vermeer was the first photographer" and this suggestion is sometimes the subject of light-hearted debate during one of Jill's memorable picnics: freshly baked baguette and pain céréral, delicious fresh produce from the local market and a refreshingly cool bottle of our excellent local rosé.
When organising their very first Painting Photography France season in 2005, Jill and Peter realised that some people, especially beginners, might feel a little nervous and intimidated being part of a group of other painters or photographers. They therefore planned the holidays they offer to take account of this, and the format they adopted has proved to be very popular with their guests. So much so that many people have been back again, and again, and again!
Rather than facing the daunting prospect of a week of rigidly constructed tutorials, guests find themselves enjoying a fun holiday in a beautiful part of France whilst receiving five days individual guidance in the development
"Even though Pete goes off each day where he chooses with his photographers and I take my painters to my own favourite spots, we always meet up together at least twice during the week for a big picnic lunch," Jill explains. "Pete's photo below shows painters and photographers picnicking together at King Henri IV's towers in Barbaste, near Nerac."
of their hobby - and the comments they leave behind at the end of the week certainly reflect their appreciation of this.
Jill Fellows, Artist and Peter Evans, Photographer
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We're delighted to say that 28 guests have booked with us twice, 10 guests have booked three times, 10 guests have booked a holiday with us four times, 1 has booked five times, and 2 guests have chosen to take nine holidays with us!