Painting in Italy
PAINTING IN ITALY with Kathy Karas
Artist and tutor Kathy Karas has just returned from her latest Painting in Italy tour where with her group she stayed and painted in the medieval town of Cortona, Tuscany then on to Venice for a further 5 days to explore and paint this magnificent old city.
“It was just delightful to immerse ourselves in art in these beautiful areas of Italy with the diversity of both the regions and with the rich history to be explored in paint.”
Kathy’s tours to Europe and the Mediterranean are unique. Co–organised with friend Cindy Reid from Travel Charm, the aim of the tours are to provide an enjoyable, relaxed and friendly way to travel with small groups who are like minded with a love of art. Daily painting sessions are combined with sightseeing and visits to galleries to take in the whole experience of staying in these countries.
On this recent tour to Italy, Kathy’s group stayed at a beautiful villa in Cortona, famous for being the town where “Under the Tuscan Sun” was made. The group stayed for 6 days where they painted the cobble stoned streets, old character infused buildings along with the lovely parterre gardens of the town. During the stay in Cortona, the group enjoyed sightseeing to other Tuscan towns with tours to the vineyards sampling the local wines and cuisine. There were many photo opportunities to take home to develop into future paintings and of course time for shopping.
Then on to Venice for the second part of this tour……
“The experience in Venice is quite a contrast to the ambient life in Tuscany. Venice is such a unique place and of course can be quite busy but the advantage of staying a length of time right in the centre of Venice is that I have sussed out some quieter spots to paint that still have everything required to paint some nice scenes. An early morning session was great to capture the sunrise in St Mark’s Square and at the Pier with little interruption. Actually we had it all to ourselves, – it was lovely!”
While in Venice for 5 days the group explored many of the sights. Along with painting sessions there was plenty of time to enjoy this great city.
Short trips on the vaporetto (ferry) took them to some great locations. A visit to the Peggy Guggenheim museum at Academia was a highlight as was exploring the many galleries and artisan shops of this area. A visit to Burano with its colourful buildings to sketch, paint and explore finished the tour off with happy memories for all.
Time to Relax
“The great thing about staying a length of time in a place is that you get to know the locals and it isn’t long before people are waving to you in the street and as you enter cafes greet you with “uno espresso normale?”
On this trip Kathy painted and demonstrated in watercolour with this being the most transportable medium for travel. Many of her paintings will then be developed into acrylics and oils with most of her watercolours already selling on her return to Australia.
Kathy’s next painting workshop is to Norfolk Island this November where she will be conducting en plein air workshops in acrylics. For information and to book please contact Norfolk Island Travel Centre firstname.lastname@example.org