Pamela Kay News

Secret gardens & villages in Belgium & Holland

Join leading botanical artist Pamela Kay on a very special tutorial painting tour in the Low Countries.
11th – 24th June 2017

  • Watercolour and gouache en plein air tutorial painting holiday ideal for 8 – 12 intermediate & confident beginner students
  • Paint in a hand-picked selection private ‘open gardens’
  • Chateau, cottage, potager, rose, romantic, architectural and polder gardens
  • Visit Ruben’s house and garden  and see his canvasses in Antwerp Cathedral
  • Paint ‘off the beaten track’ villages, canals, windmills, polder landscapes &  seascapes
  • Stay in unusual hotels – almhouses, windmill and polder farmhouse
  • Travel throughout by luxury coach from London Gatwick & Dover  – no luggage restrictions
  • Breakfast and dinners included
  • Talented guest artist
  • Accompanying travel escort

Belgium’s Open Garden Scheme is similar to our own except that the collection of private gardens are only open to members. We have joined the scheme making this trip possible and very special. There are almost 200 gardens throughout Belgium that open their doors for a couple of days each June when the gardens are at their best and the roses are in full bloom.  Many of the gardens will be open exclusively for us enabling you to paint without any distractions.

We have handpicked  a selection of the most aesthetic and colourful gardens with the help of Mme Dominque Petit, the Sécretaire Générale of the organisation. They will include chateau, cottage, potager, rose, romantic, architectural and polder gardens.

Being able to paint in these rarely seen and personal gardens is an exceptional opportunity. The wonderful gardens of 18th century Chateau Hex will be most impressive and we’ll also pop across in to Holland to paint in a couple of gardens ear Maastricht including the stunning garden at  De Heerenhof.

Each of the gardens will be very personal and a unique visual experience. You will be the only people in the gardens making it easier to quietly paint or sketch.

To register an interest, please visit:

This is a Leisure Painter holiday organised by


Paint  with Pamela Kay in The Loire

Paint the gardens and chateaux of The Loire and Monet’s garden at Giverny.
June 2nd to 10th, 2016

The Loire Valley is one of France’s most beautiful regions with much to inspire painters. The ease and comfort of travelling by luxury coach from the UK has added appeal, enabling you to take as much luggage as you like. You will be painting some of the formal chateau gardens, such as Villandry, as well as intimate private rose gardens like Pierre de Ronsard’s Jardins du Prieuré de Saint-Cosme and Elsie De Raedt’s rose garden near Chinon, as well as lovely kitchen and herb gardens. The pièce de résistance for Pamela Kay, however, is Monet’s garden at Giverny, which will be the final garden visited. June is when the roses should be in bloom and Giverny’s water lilies in flower, weather dependent, but the gardens are always full of colour and inspiration.

This is an instructional painting holiday most suitable for confident beginners and intermediate students. Pamela will be working in watercolour and gouache, but students may work in any medium. Each day a different garden or chateau will be visited to paint in situ and back at the hotel. Demonstrations at the beginning of the holiday will help you get started and understand how to work with the subject matter, including fresh fruit and vegetables from local markets for still life paintings. Towards the end of the trip, Pamela will encourage you to finish some of your work in progress.

Travel is by luxury coach throughout from London Gatwick, and good hotel accommodation is included en route and at your base in the heart of The Loire.

This is a Leisure Painter holiday, for more details, go to:



Paint  with Pamela Kay in Normandy

Paint the Gardens, Castles and Chateaux in Normandy with Pamela Kay.
10th – 16th. June 2015

Travel entirely by private coach from London via Margate and Dover to our hotel, just below Rouen –  Moulin de Connelles – reserved exclusively for our use. We have the coach throughout the trip, painting in  Monets’ garden at Giverney. We will visit many other gardens and paint the small villages, half-timbered houses and Chateaux that are typical of Normandy. The hotel is on an island in the Seine and the whole area will provide exciting painting opportunities.
Normandy Itinerary

This is a Leisure Painter holiday, for more details, go to:



Paint  with Pamela Kay in Provence

September 27th – October 5th 2014

A painting holiday based for the first 5 days in Aix en Provence, concentrating on the areas Cezanne saw and painted.
Visit Cezannes studio and the Mont St. Victoire region.
We stay in the Grand Hotel Roi Rene close to the Cours Mirabeau.
Transfer to the Luberon, staying in a converted mill, 4-star hotel Le Moulin in Lourmarin.
We have three more days to paint in this idyllic area.

This is a Leisure Painter holiday, for more details, go to:

Still Life in Watercolour – A workshop with Pamela Kay

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
Took place on Saturday, March 15th. 2014
( )

This was an opportunity to spend a day working on still life. Compose, compare and explore still life using drawing and watercolour. It was suitable for beginners and more experienced painters.

The price included entrance to the exhibition ‘Cezanne and the Modern Masters of European Art’ from the Pearlman Collection. (13th. March to 22nd June 2014) where participants were able to study still life with Pamela.
Painter brought watercolours, brushes, pencils and a watercolour paper block (9 x 12 ins approx)

See more about still life by Pamela Kay in the February edition of ‘The Leisure Painter’

The workshop at the Ashmolean.

The workshop at the Ashmolean.

Painting by Cezanne

We used a painting by Cezanne of three pears on a plate in the current exhibition – ‘Cezanne and the Modern’ – to reconstruct this still life

Every one was different.

Every one was different.

Some of the work

Some of the work produced on the day. Thank you to all who came!

No part of this site may be reused without the express permission of the owner.
Please be aware that colour rendition of prints and other images on this site will vary with the equipment used for viewing. Whilst every effort has been made to reproduce the colours as accurately as possible, there may be slight differences. The images on our website are for information purposes only.