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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
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[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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Verdure al Peperoncino

March 17th, 2011

With a January Primo Piatto, a February Secondo, we round out the meal with March’s contorno. The method below is most commonly prepared with chicory, but adapts well to any of the bitter greens. We suggest any of the chard varieties for this recipe, which can be prepared in advance. It doesn’t suffer from being served cold, either! Verdure al Peperoncino Ingredients: 2 bunches (see below– 6-8 cups, uncooked) of Chard. “Swiss” (white veins and stems) is traditional, but red or rainbow Chard work equally

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A Note From Enza

February 13th, 2011

Cari amici, Ben and I went to Denver on January 27 for a LR reunion, which took place at the beautiful home of Marcy and Bill Crowl. Marcy and Bill were participants with Arlene Krogstad teaching in 2009. (Arlene will be teaching Session 7 this year on Aug 17th) They are very interesting people with interesting careers. Marcy has a degree in Fine Arts and before her recent retirement worked as a designer for a geological research organization and is now devoting full time to

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