7.23.2016

Quinto the traveling sketchbook update

I fully intended to be a more active blogger this summer. But seeing as it's July 23rd and this is my 2nd post since I arrived a month ago, that didn't go as planned.

Another thing that hasn't gone exactly as expected is Quinto. I still have soooo many pages left to fill and so little time to do so. I may have added too many pages without taking into account that I would essentially lose a week of sketching during the Bellissima Art Retreat. We shall see what I have to show for this summer come August 2nd. 

Here's a little peek at what I've been working on. Some pieces of Assisi, Perugia, Castiglion Fiorentino, Lucca and Florence. There's more photos on Instagram under the hashtag #QuintotheTravelingSketchbook






7.15.2016

Our first Bellissima Art Retreat

Ciao friends! Sorry for the long silence, its been pretty crazy over in this corner of the world. Between meeting with potential location hosts, last minute preparations,and the ACTUAL retreat (which had REAL people!), it's no wonder that it has been nearly a month since my last blog post.

At the moment, I'm back in Lucca getting plans together for my last couple weeks in Italy. And also catching up on blog posts and newsletters, of course! I wanted to first give you guys a glimpse of the main purpose of this years Italy trip, our week long Bellissima Art Retreat in Florence.

I've mentioned it before but here's a little background just in case. This summer my friend Christi, from Gypsy Studios, and I partnered up to host an art and cooking retreat in Italy! We wanted to offer a bitof everything. Cooking classes, tours around Florence, day trips, and, of course, art making! Christi would teach the acrylic painting portion and I would teach the watercolor and sketching.

Well...WE DID IT! Ah! The retreat ended almost a week ago and I still can't quite believe we did it. And it was wonderful! Our guests made some amazing art, spent a week in a gorgeous apartment in the heart of Florence, learned some Italian recipes our in the Chianti region, and feasted on two group dinners. It was amazing. And exhausting but so very worth it. We are already discussing plans for new retreats next year as well.

Here are a few little peeks of the adventures we had during our week in Florence. There are more over in Instagram under the hashtag #bellissimaartretreat2016 as well.