The venue this year was the recently restored church Chiesa del Carmine, a building that was in ruins when Alan first painted it on location in 2004. We never dreamed that one day we would have the privilege of staying in, what is now, a beautifully restored building with breathtaking views and landscaped gardens.
The accommodation itself is stunning and is the perfect place to chill out and relax. There are plenty of subjects to paint in and around the property (which we did) but we also enjoyed a couple of day trips out and about.
The first was the small hilltop town Todi, just south of Perugia in Umbria. We based ourselves in the piazza. Alan and the painting guests sketched the architecture in watercolour before enjoying a delicious pizza at a nearby restaurant.
We start the day with a good healthy breakfast of fruit juices, freshly baked croissants , fresh fruit, eggs, bacon, toast with plenty of fresh coffee or tea. This is where we might discuss the days events and activities, which might be painting on location around the glorious landscape of Chiesa del Carmine or spending a day painting in the nearby villages or towns such as Assisi, Spello, Todi or Cortona.
This could be a half day out or full day depending where we have decided to go and how far it is to travel. The non-painting guests usually come out with us (apart from the golfers) and we all travel together in our luxury coach. Of course anyone who prefers to have a day relaxing by the pool or taking one of the many walks around the valley is their own choice.
We also offer cookery classes, wine tasting, truffle hunting and more……….
Non painters can spend a day or two at the 18 hole Championship Golf Course of Antognolla nearby
Whilst the painters are busy the others enjoy sightseeing, shopping or simply enjoying the scenery and passers by with a coffee or glass of wine. This could be Lake Trasimeno, Perugia or any other nearby village.
On arrival back to our luxurious villa, the cooks have already arrived and busy with
activity in the well stocked kitchen. Those who wish to swim in our amazing pool, this is a lovely time of the day to do so before we sit down to a beautifully prepared evening meal by our own Italian cooks.
All are welcome to join our party even if you don’t intend to paint! Reedart Painting Holidays take you on a creative journey through winding landscapes, secluded villages and awe-inspiring vistas that’s not only good for your painting portfolio, but good for the soul too.
New dates available for September 2019
Saturday 21st – Saturday 28th September 2019 (1 Single, 1 Double & 1 Twin Rooms)
Saturday 1st – Saturday 8th June 2019 (Fully Booked)