Archive for October, 2012

Ken O’Connell: Sketchbooks and La Romita

October 23rd, 2012
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[Editor’s Note: Kenneth O’Connell has taught at La Romita four times in the last 8 years, and this year led the workshop Sketchbooks in Italy in early September.  He is a Professor Emeritus from the University of Oregon, and is also President Emeritus of Imagination International, Inc. which imports Copic Markers into the USA. He is working in Sketchbook number 74.] Italy is a wonderful country to visit and La Romita a very special place to be. The combination of housing, amazing meals, quiet studio,

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Sharon Zeugin: My Time at La Romita

October 23rd, 2012
Sharon Zeugin 2012 group photo

[Editor’s note: Austin-based calligrapher Sharon Zeugin led the the 2012  “Painting Umbria with Words and Images”  La Romita session this year, her second workshop hosted by La Romita. Find more of Sharon’s work, and read her blog, at http://www.sharonzeugin.com/] Impressions of my time at La Romita A star-lit evening musical performance in an Umbrian hilltop monastery; Using a wash basin for Impromptu suminigashi painting sessions in the La Romita courtyard with Enza; Demonstrating the “bones” of Roman Capitals with pencil in one hand and a

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Our 2012 Art Workshops: A Retrospective

October 23rd, 2012
Edmund

It has been both interesting and inspiring to view the past six months here in Italy as strengthening our ties to the past as we branch out into new possibilities of artistic expression and appreciation.  The formula remains: the rustic elegance of this ancient monastery, the authentic Umbrian cuisine, the exhilaration of creating art in this artistic paradise, the trips to the villages where the art and architecture frames the warmth of the Italian people.  At La Romita, these aspects are the foundation of the

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