|Pat Fiorello painting in Radda in Chianti, Tuscany|
Hi, you haven't heard from me for awhile since I have been away for about 10 days painting in Italy. Last week, I taught a workshop in Tuscany.
|Our home base- The Tuscan Renaissance Center in San Fedele|
We stayed at the Tuscan Renaissance Center which is a really special place. It's a 12th century monastery that was active thru the 1980's. It was abandoned for about 20 years after that and then a private family bought it and over the course of 6 years of work and millions of dollars, they restored it to an amazing place intended to foster creative growth. It's the best of both worlds, modern amenities and comfort in an authentic and sacred building with lots of character . We have the place all to ourselves so it makes it feel like home. We used that as our home base to take day trips to other painting sites in Tuscany as well.
|Two students painting on location- Tom in oils, Haylee in watercolor|
I was crazy enough to bring both oil and watercolor painting supplies ( which consumed most of my luggage space), so did some of each every day! Will share some of the highlights in the coming days.
If you have always wanted to paint in Italy, I have another trip planned for late September of this year to Northern Italy- beautiful Lake Garda, so get in touch if you want to find out more.