After a scouting trip to Sicily in early April to research the locations for our painting tour I came back full of ideas and a new found love for all things Italian. We simplified our programme and then eagerly waited for the big day to come. Caroline Said Lawrence and I, as co-tutors, were looking forward to being let loose in such lovely surroundings with a group of students to inspire.
Both groups met for lunch and then went their ways again afterwards. Everyone had the option of changing groups if they felt like it; painting half the day and then sightseeing, for example.
Next day both groups went to the charming town of Noto, full of historical and beautiful buildings, cafes and atmosphere.
After that we continued on to the hotel, where we spent the day, sketching in the grounds before lunch.
We stayed in a fabulous converted Benedictine monastery in the province of Syracuse. It was a real retreat – surrounded by two golf courses, three lakes and seemingly endless grounds.
After a sketching stroll around the grounds to orient everyone, and then a break for lunch and unpacking, Caroline and I demonstrated our totally different approaches to the same subject, and we continued to paint all afternoon.
In between all this painting there were many good meals and many, many glasses of great Sicilian red of course!
Summer class updates
On Tuesday mornings 9.30am to 12pm I am holding figure drawing classes at Palazzo de Piro in Mdina. There will be a class next week on the 7th June. Then there will be a break of three weeks, until 5th July. We will then continue with these classes throughout the summer.
Friday classes at Villa Bologna in Attard will also continue through the summer months – the trees there provide natural A/C, thanks goodness! There will be classes on the 3rd and 10th June and then, again, a three week break until the 8th July.
Classes are 20 euro each or 6 sessions for 100 euro. Contact me HERE for more details.
On the second day we visited Marzamemi, a small fishing village which was buzzing with Italian and other visitors. I’m sure Mario explained all the historical facts and figures about both places, but I don’t remember any of that; all I registered were endless scenes and places that I wanted to paint. At 6.30 pm we had to pack up our kits and drive to the ferry, tired but happy. And sad that we weren’t able to stay longer.
We’re planning to do it all again in October - hoorah! – hopefully for a few days longer and of course visiting different places...... I, for one, can’t wait
Here are my Sicilian paintings