More Italian Awesomeness
Day two proved to be another incredible day, of course! We started out with an 8:00am breakfast, pastries, eggs, fresh fruit, cappuccino, fruit juice, toast…
I’m full just thinking about it. Again.
After breakfast we went immediately down to the studio space where I gave my presentation and did some demonstration of hand-painting papers. The students took a quick dip in the pool before lunch and then we were right back at it, hand-painting papers with the Gelli plate, stamps, stencils, crayons, candles, rubbing alcohol, and soap spray bubbles; to name a few. What a pleasure it is to have students so eager for knowledge, both inside the studio and out!
What an absolutely amazing classroom space we hare here at Il Colombaio! I could not ask for a more perfect location for this Paper Paintings Italy Retreat. We have room for each student to be at their own six-foot table, we are flooded with natural light, and steps from the swimming pool! (and donkeys). Not to mention that everyone is in a single occupancy sleeping room, with their own en suite bathroom! This is highly unusual in Europe.
You know me, I’m all about the highly unusual.
As we walked to the winery, I caught this shot of Holly. It just reminded me of Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World and I couldn’t resist. I’m just an artist through and through, in toto.
After working hard and painting all day, we had the pleasure of visiting Murogrosso Winery where we were treated to a bit of wine/grape education, and a tasting! Paola was our hostess and she’s always charming and informative. The students were able to taste different varietals of grapes on the vine, to see the vineyard, and to learn about the types of grapes that grow there.
After we learned more about grapes, the climate, the current drought (and how it might affect things), old vines, new vines, and wild fennel… we went inside for our proper tasting. Paola poured four different wines–we learned how to hold the wine glass, look for the body, color, and smell, and how to pair it with food. We were treated to salami, pecorino cheese, crackers (oh my!). The light was low in the afternoon sky and nothing could have been better. As the sun went down, the temperatures cooled off and the evening was almost upon us.
We tasted two reds, a white, and a rosé, each with a different and unique bouquet, flavor, and finish. The light was lovely flooding into the windows along with a light breeze, as we sipped our wine and paired it with the perfect foods.
Today was the perfect combination of art and culture here in Italy. Everyone did a wonderful job learning new techniques for creating hand-painted paper, and enjoying their time in the classroom. Folks were also great at switching gears for the wine tasting at the end of the day.
After our wine, food, and friends (the three essentials that Paola told us must be combined) we headed back down the hill to our Villa where we would enjoy dinner out on the terrace again this evening. When the sun goes down, the heat goes down and we are all happy to sit outside and enjoy another wonderful chef-prepared dinner together.
for being a part of my
Join us Next June, 2018!
Next June we will be making the Italy Paper Paintings Retreat journey again from the 10th-16th. We have already sold six spots, and have eight spots remaining. Sign-up before October 1st and take advantage of a five-payment plan with Strada Toscana.