About Our Tours:

After a summer in Europe as a 15 year old exchange student, experiencing foreign countries became an opportunity I give myself as often as I can. Different histories, languages, social customs, and even foods teach me about our shared world and validate our humanity. 

For these tours I’ve combined locations with people who are truly special to spend time with in order to create experiences that I would want to have. New in 2018 is an eleven day Plein Air painting trip on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. We will walk the final 100K of this ancient pilgrimage route to earn our compostelas. Later in 2018 I’ll be returning to Tuscany where we will go below the touristy surface for unique encounters in the visual and culinary arts offered by trusted guides that I’ve come to know over many years.

Plein Air Gascony and Plein Air Asturias will return in 2019.

I am delighted that I will again be collaborating with Judy Colaneri from Spanish Steps for Plein Air Camino. We worked together for six years on Plein Air Asturias and together created Plein Air Gascony in 2017. Judy has 25 years experience guiding on the Camino. For the past six years my husband, Buzz, has joined me for these tours. Like me, he values sharing the travel experience so that at the end of the week a group that came together independently departs with warm memories and friendships.

Join me for an intimate, more authentic European experience. Practice Plein Air techniques as you immerse yourself in the perfect artistic environment: a magnificent landscape, a unique culture, comfortable lodging, and a supportive community of artists.
— Mary Padgett, Artist