I will have 12 people with me in my workshop, and we will stay the first week at a wonderful place called Borgo Rapale, a small 800 year old village atop a scenic hill in Tuscany. Population 17 people ... so no tour buses there! We will immerse ourselves in painting for a week, be fed delicious food and drink Chianti wine made by the owners of Borgo Rapale, and paint the Tuscan landscape, the old historic buildings and homes, and maybe even a few of the old residents of the village. And Im told they will be harvesting the grapes while we are there so we will sit amongst the workers and paint them too. Fortunato, the owner of the place (who's family has lived there for over 400 years) tells me he has the document from Florence to show one of his ancestors was an assistant in the studio of Michelangelo...wow. I think we will be filled with creative inspiration everywhere we look!
Then after a week of painting in rural Tuscany, we head to Florence for 3 days of museums and cafe sketching...and more food and wine of course!
Then its on to San Gimignano, and its towers. More sketching and exploring ancient Italy and all the wonderful side streets filled with character. And maybe a bit of shopping :)
We finish with 3 days in Rome... a perfect 2 weeks of art immersion in the place where art was born.
When I'm standing in front of the sculpture of Moses, by Michelangelo, in the San Pietro in Vincoli church in Rome, I will finally get to apologize to the great artist for my very stupid! remark I made the first time I saw his work in Europe in 1970...I said: "This guy's not bad." OMG! I was 20 years old and a bit full of myself as an artist! I decided if I ever meet Michelangelo in the outer universe of life, I had better make up for that remark!
My next workshop will be Portugal in October 2015, on the south course of the Algarve. Anyone interested? Contact me directly if you are, its filling fast and Im just announcing it.
I will post some pics when I have a chance from our painting in Tuscany.
Ciao my friends!