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Re-Entry

June 13th, 2014
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Edmund

Italy is an idea, an image, a lifestyle.  Italy is art and Italy is architecture…innovations and experiments.  It has also been defined by conflict and by plague.  Italy is a sum of its past and its present, of its conquests and its defeats…of dreams that span millennia.  People are drawn to Italy for its monuments, for the achievements of human endeavor. But what strikes me year after year as I return to il bel paese, is something that seems so small in comparison to the

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La Romita Friends, Old and New – by Edmund

May 10th, 2014
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Edmund

Each winter I try and keep in touch with our teachers and friends throughout the states and it is one of the most gratifying tasks. This year I drove from my home in northern California to Oregon, home to Ken O’Connell at the University of Oregon in Eugene and then to Portland where I made a presentation on La Romita School at University of Oregon’s s new center in the historic White Stag building in Portland.  I then met with long-time La Romita instructor Benno

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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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A Summer of Sadness and Beauty

September 15th, 2013
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Edmund

As many of you are aware Enza Quargnali, founder of La Romita School, has been absent from La Romita this year in body, while fighting a battle with an illness that she calls the beast.  But she is winning this battle and her spirit has been present every day in this beautiful old monastery that is, perhaps most of all, a monument to her determination and her love of art.  She is in the prayers of all who love this place…and in daily phone conversations

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“Serendipity” – A Visit to La Romita

April 11th, 2013
Edmund

Webster’s defines serendipity as a “happy accident” or “pleasant surprise”.  Obviously accidents can’t be predicted and surprises lose their punch if you know they’re coming, so we can’t really promise serendipity as part of the program at La Romita, but we can try.  We can say with confidence that no one knows this area the way we do…the history of the artists and patrons, the foods and wines, the hidden architectural gems, and the culture that holds it all together.  We are Italian; the family

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