Tuesday, June 30, 2009

This is where we will be traveling to September 2010! We were in Tuscany painting 4 years ago at the Villa 1 Club Pini and will stay there again. It was the home of a famous Italian painter CHINI, whose work can be seen throughout the villa. It is minutes from the Italian Riviera in the town of Viareggio. While there we will be venturing out on days trips to paint. One trip will be a train ride to the breathtaking Cinque Terre. There are no roads in so we will trek along the cliffs till we arrive at one of the villages perched on the rocks. We will also experience "Slow Food" on an amazing estate where a person roams the gardens and pathways sampling food and produce from the local farmers and bakers. The best part is almost every second booth is wine sampling! Once inside the mansion you are awe struck by the tapestries and roses everywhere. The whole video is where we will be painting in Tuscany except for the last 2 pictures. These are from Lucca where I hope to spend the 2nd week of the trip.

Watch the blog or my web page http://www.leonabrown.com/ for more info on the trip.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Spanish Watercolour Trip

What a glorious trip to Southern Spain! It was mainly due to the wonderfully warm and gracious host and hostess Mike and Hilary. This video shows the couple and the painting the 16 artists collaged for them. It also shows the places I demonstrated watercolour painting. We traveled to Ronda, with it's magnificent Roman bridge over the gorge, Iznajar, Zuheros, and The Alhambra. Enjoy the photos, my paintings, (except 3 from the students), and the music of Spain.