Resident: Carlo Matos

December 2nd, 2016
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Carlo Matos: 2016 La Romita Fellowship Recipient

This past summer (2016) La Romita piloted its first ever Residency with the willing cooperation of Carlo Matos, writer & poet. Carlo spent a productive week camped out on the veranda overlooking the pass to Spoleto and allowed us to interview him about the experience.       You have been to many residencies, what did you like most about your overall experience at La Romita? The grounds were immaculate and beautiful. Every day, I would sit outside in the gazebo overlooking the mountains and

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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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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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Magical May- Corsa all’Anello

May 10th, 2014
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Corsa logo

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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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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