Lavender in July

SWEET LAVENDER DREAMS —  In the heat of July the lavender blooms, releasing the scent that has become the signature of Provence. Around every hill town and village, landscapes are swathed in rows and rows of purple fields. The dry dusty ground peeks through neat lines of lavender plants, humming with the sound of bees … Read more

Jill Steenhuis Silk Scarf

My Silk Story

  It all started 17 years ago when I bought my first Van Gogh silk scarf of the Irises from the Musee d’Orsay shop. I was always disappointed with the postcards and posters of the great master works. The reproductions were so poor, never like the painting I had just seen. Then I discovered the … Read more

A Letter from Camp Desoto

Dear Friends, I’m at Camp Desoto and I wish you were here. Camp is just as much fun as I remember it. Phil and Marsha have pulled out all the stops to make our painting retreat one to remember. And boy will we remember it! Each meal we eat together at a long table in … Read more

Jill Steenhuis Painting Camp Desoto Gym, Oil on Canvas

Spiritual Retreat at Camp Desoto

The idea came about when some Camp Desoto “girls” attended my oil painting workshop in Provence a few years ago. You see, once a girl spends a month on Lookout Mountain at Camp Desoto, she becomes a Desoto girl. No matter where life takes her, with the familiar melody of a song, the smell of … Read more

Alley of Trees in St. Remy

This summer, Jill’s workshop participants painted in St. Rémy de Provence following in the footsteps of Van Gogh, who spent one year in the St. Paul asylum in St. Rémy from 1889 to 1890…

July Painting Workshop

My July oil painting workshop is in full swing – we are having a good time. Palette mixing, painting the wheat fields of Provence and the Mediterranean from Cassis. Off to Arles tomorrow to paint in the spirit of Van Gogh and to see his beautiful work at the Fondation Vincent Van Gogh.