Italian Light – A Week with Arte Umbria

I have just returned from teaching my first week with Arte Umbria and now feel totally inspired by the stunning landscape and wonderful Italian light. Arte Umbria is perched high on a hill with the most impressive views over the Umbrian hills and it is the perfect setting to immerse yourself in a week of painting.

view towards Montegabbione

Morning light, view towards Montegabbione

 

From the terrace

From the terrace

The week was devoted to both portrait and still life and I painted from both set-ups alongside the students as they worked. Once the portrait pose had been decided with our excellent model Catherine, the group firstly worked on drawings- both measured and reductive before embarking on an oil study using one of two limited palettes and finally working on an oil painting over a three-day period. The still life subject was easy to choose once we saw the beautiful lemon trees and picked our fruit directly from them!

 

At work

At work

 

Ready for the 'still life' critique

Ready for the ‘still life’ critique

 

Time for a break? Amongst the Olive trees and Lavender outside the studio

Time for a break? Amongst the Olive trees and Lavender outside the studio

 

Work continues on the longer portrait pose

Work continues on the longer portrait pose

 

In the studio

In the studio

 

Sara and David are wonderful hosts making sure that everyone is happy while their cocker spaniel Fleur is an attentive studio companion! This was a great week of painting in the most beautiful of settings.

Plans are underway for a course late next summer which will include drypoint etching alongside painting. Please check out the Arte Umbria website for further details.

 

 

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