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Painting Holiday, New Dates for 2019

Alan Reed Painting Holiday

Lago di Trasimeno

Painting Holiday, New Dates for 2019.

Our Painting Holiday for June 2019 is fully booked. We have now booked a second week for another Painting Holiday, New Dates for 2019 September 21st – 28th. Already the spaces are filling quickly.

Guests will once again have the opportunity to travel around Italy with Susan and I and learn how to capture in watercolour scenes of this beautiful country. The venue is the stunning Chiesa del Carmine, a delightful, ancient church that has been tastefully restored to the highest standards right in the heart of Umbria.

You will enjoy 5* luxury for 7 nights, where we will take you to picturesque hilltop towns and villages, make pizzas, wine tasting and much more. For some of our guests, 2019 will be their 5th and 6th time with us. Non painters are more than welcome and can join in with everything mentioned above, to walking, swimming in the heated pool or enjoy a round of golf at the championship course Antognolla.

 Painters from absolute beginners to advanced will have specialist tuition from myself where I draw on my 34 years professional teaching experience. Places like Perugia, Cortona, Gubbio, Lake Trasimeno, Montepulciano, Assisi, Spello, Montone and Todi are a delight to visit and to have a go at painting. Not only that, the grounds of Chiesa del Carmine and the Carmine estate offers plenty of inspiration with it’s vineyards and olive trees for those relaxing days painting in the warmth and tranquility of the countryside.
Alan Reed Painting Holiday

Sketchbook Watercolour of Montepulciano

Evenings are convivial gatherings, with pre-dinner drinks taken on the terrace, followed by a delicious gourmet Italian evening meal lovingly prepared by our own Italian chefs.
In 2017 we received this lovely review about the wine tasting from one of our guests who came again this year and booked up for 2019 as soon as she returned home. To find out more about our Painting Holiday, New Dates for 2019 September 21st – 28th please contact myself or Susan on 01661 871 800 or art@alanreed.com

This was our first Watercolour Painting Holiday, but not our first wine-tasting! This time, however, it was a very different experience. The invitation to accept this late addition to our itinerary for the week was inspired. What a wonderful way to begin the week after an easy day’s travelling. Instantly, Chiesa del Carmine became more than an exquisite place to stay. The wine-tasting experience, delivered on the terrace by a well-informed Isabella, transformed the venue into a living, organic establishment where the surrounding vines and olive groves were testament to produce of the highest quality. It felt as though we were enjoying a most intimate insight into the workings of a vineyard. Isabella made it so interesting and entertaining. She was charming and welcoming, keen to answer questions, and informed in her knowledge of the intricacies of the wines we tasted. A light buffet of Italian cheeses and meats complemented the occasion, and this was one which we would happily repeat should we be privileged to visit Chiesa de Carmine a second time.

 

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Paintings of Italy

Over the last few years I’ve received a number of commissions from clients who have a home in Italy and who have wanted a painting of their property. Each building has been quite different in terms of size and location but they have all had their own distinct charm and appeal.

In 2007 I was commissioned by an English couple to do a painting of their home near a small, compact Umbrian village called Panicale, which overlooks Lake Trasimeno. We stayed in an old Villa called Villa Le Mura which was being restored by its owners. In the evening we met up with our clients that evening for a lovely meal at Masolino Albergo Ristorante which served us authentic Umbrian cuisine.

The following morning I woke up before 7am and drove straight to the property to catch the early morning light. I was just in time. I found a suitable vantage point in between some olive trees which gave a delightful aspect of the house nestling in its own little valley. Initially it was shrouded by a shadow being cast by the hill behind me but as soon as the sun rose above the horizon it was bathed in a warm golden hue.

I quickly embarked on a small sketchbook study in a tiny leather bound book purchased direct from the Fabriano Factory in Le Marches from a previous trip and whilst the paint was drying I took a number of photographs of the rapidly changing early morning light. The owners served me a very welcome and much appreciated coffee before I crashed on with another watercolour study, this time of the olive grove which surrounded their home.

I returned to capture the evening light but we decided that the mornings work was going to be sufficient to enable me to do the finished painting, a 21″ x 14″ watercolour which the client was delighted with.

Susan and I will be returning to Italy in September for a painting project in Florence and will be happy to meet up with anyone wishing to discuss any possible commissions of properties, holiday homes or favourite views, places to paint in Italy.

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