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30 August, 2008

August 30th, 2008

Ken O’Connell, Professor Emeritus and long time Dean of Fine Arts at the University of Oregon was just here with a group of students. His talent, energy, and commitment are an inspiration to all of us. Here’s Ken (center) and some of his group having cappucino in Orvieto. Ken took advantage of a visit by Santa Fe artist and figure model (and LR participant) Cheryl Anne Lorance for some lessons in classical drawing techniques in the La Romita studio / chapel. Tante belle cose Edmund


29 June, 2008

June 29th, 2008

The amazing Indiana Plein Air Painters, led (somewhat) by the indefatigable Frank Downton, just departed from La Romita with cases full….FULL…of paintings. They are one of the most prolific and talented bunches ever to grace our studio. They are also warm and funny and incredibly cosmopolitan for a group with hometowns with names like Noblesville, Martinsville, and Crawfordsville. Here are a couple of photos: thinking outside the shutters… Now Benno Philippson, artist, architect, and sketchbook maestro, has brought his Portland based followers…along with some Coloradans,


28 May, 2008

May 28th, 2008

The 2008 season is under way and the first session, with Marian Dunn was a great success. By the end of the two-week period, one of our participants said that she’d found twenty new best friends. This is hardly unusual at La Romita. We visited medieval fairs in both Narni and Assisi…here are a couple of photos from Assisi… and while we’re in Assisi, let’s make a little comparison between the gorgeous Umbrian wheel windows…first at the basilica of San Francesco… and then at Santa

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