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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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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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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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In Depth Interview with Artist Lisa Guthrie

August 24th, 2011
Lisa Guthrie

Artist, art instructor, and landscape architect Lisa Guthrie has been involved with La Romita since 1989!  The Marin County, California resident recently spoke with La Romita’s Amina Quargnali-Diehl about watercolor, her artistic influences, her history with La Romita, current projects, and advice for artists just starting out. Amina: When did you first realize you were an artist? Lisa: I grew up around artists, and grew up around art… it was always expected. My childhood scrawls were always encouraged. My father had a classical arts background

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