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Daryl Urig – Read his Article in Leisure Painter!

June 14th, 2014
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Daryl Urig

Award-winning artist Daryl Urig’s article “How to Paint with a Knife- A Beginner’s Guide“  was recently published in Painter’s Online, the website for Leisure Painter and The Artist magazines.  This step-by-step guide to applying oil paint to canvas and manipulating it with a knife includes many pictures and practical tips – for example, Daryl doesn’t just show you how to do this, he explains subtleties such as the proper consistency of the paint during different stages of the process, the best angle at which to hold

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Magical May- Corsa all’Anello

May 10th, 2014
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If you’ve been to La Romita before, then you’ve visited Narni. Narni is the medieval town that’s down the La Romita hill, just past the south-west edge of Terni, nestled in the slopes of hills that run northwest to southeast and southeast along Umbria’s border with Lazio.  One of the most memorable images of Narni is “La Rocca”, the restored castle visible above the town. Over this past weekend, Jane Coonce’s “Under Umbrian Skies” participants visited Narni for the Corsa all’Anello, a medieval festival celebrated

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Artists are Amazing – by Daryl Urig

May 9th, 2014
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Daryl Urig

Like most artists, I am a bit of a romantic and a dreamer. Maybe these qualities are what make people who create art so amazing. Artists want to believe more, experience more, and live more. Italy is the perfect place for this. Its architecture going back to before Roman times, a people who have lived and developed a culture and life of creating beauty and sharing. The hillsides, the views, the food, and the people all move me deeply. Equally motivating are my students and fellow artists.

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Cultivating Mindfulness – by Sharon Zeugin

May 9th, 2014
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Sharon Zeugin

Drawing and painting gives us an opportunity to participate in our surroundings in a personal a deeply felt way.  When we stop to make art, we begin to see what is before us as if for the first time. The cracks and crevices of a stone wall become lines  to be explored, its variegated palette of grey, purple, brown and ochre an invitation to experiment with mixing  a range of neutral colors.  Fear and worry about what appears on our pages can turn to awe

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Catching Song – by Laurie Doctor

January 17th, 2014
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I was recently listening to an interview with the musician, Bobby McFerrin where he describes improvisation as movement, as catching song. What does it mean to catch a song? It implies that the song, our creation, is already here– and so part of our work as artists is to listen, to observe, and improvise from our experience. At La Romita, we will develop these skills through drawing, writing and watercolor techniques–  and taking daily sketching trips into the small Umbrian hill towns. In the afternoons

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Teaching and Painting at La Romita – by Fritz Kapraun

January 17th, 2014
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In June 2013, I taught an impromptu 10-day watercolor painting workshop instead of the more traditional 14 day format most often offered at La Romita School. The international group included a professional artist from Canada as well as beginner-to-advanced painters and non-artists from several states. Two of these artists had been to La Romita with us multiple times in the past. This was my 6th workshop, but my first solo teaching experience at La Romita. Previously, I had team-taught with Bob Rankin and Virginia Wright-Frierson

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2014: A Season of Superlatives

December 12th, 2013
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Edmund

I guess I use a lot of superlatives when talking about La Romita, but there are so many amazing people involved in each season, I really hope it doesn’t sound like I’m bragging. The line-up of instructors this year reads like a Who’s Who of professors and workshop leaders. Starting with Ken O’Connell (5 – 19 September), Professor Emeritus and long-time head of the art department at the University of Oregon, each teacher is well-known for their own art, their own pedigree, but also for

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Travel and Art – by Carol Cooper

December 11th, 2013
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Artist Carol Cooper

Travel is a chance to vacate one’s current life temporarily in exchange for some new routine.  We align ourselves with the loveliness and simplicity of living with less and the freedom that brings.  Travel to a beautiful place with the intent to paint adds a whole new level of awareness to the experience.  When we paint, draw, or create in some way while on a trip, we opt for a deeper experience I call “insight-seeing”.  La Romita affords us the opportunity to focus on the

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