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We took our group to our friend Simona’s house for cooking. We went an hour early so they could sketch for the work they are doing with our teacher – Junelle Jacobsen

The country around Simona’s house is beautiful. A short rain brought is a stunning double rainbow.

We made a ricotta/pear/walnut/pancetta appetizer, pasta, a pumpkin/sausage/fennel flower ragu, and tiramisu.

Sweet dreams!!

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Orvieto is a city with incredible mosaics. The cathedral is particularly stunning and visible to all. But there are others, less visible, like the mosaics under St. Andrea church dating to the Byzantine period, and sitting on top of Roman and Etruscan ruins which are clearly visible. So we were excited to have Pam Goode back a second time to lead a mosaic workshop. She called it Postcards Home because she had her students do a postcard size piece.

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Mosaics are slow. That is one reason it appeals to Pam. And I love the notion in our fast paced world – an art form that requires you to think and be patient and go slow. And so the students started their piece but will finish them at home.

We learned a lot from Pam. She doesn’t like to use grout. Her work is meticulous, the pieces fitting incredibly tightly together – look in the image above. She is also a poet. At our closing she read a stunning piece she composed during the week about why she loves Orvieto and travel and what she will miss. I was in tears because it so beautifully captures what this wonderful town and the gorgeous people we know here do for us and give us. She is working on the poem to get it just right. But when it is done she will send it to us and I’ll post it here. I think it perfectly describes the incredible experience people get on our trips.

Pam is a beautiful soul and you can read a wonderful interview with her here: http://www.lunamosaics.com/pamela-goode.html Visit her website here.

So, pics of the group and it’s work.

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Thank you Pam, Susan, Sharon and Mary. What a wonderful week you gave us!

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Melissa Harris’s watercolor week just finished. I always stand in amazement of what is produced and the individuality of each artist. Wish I could do this!!

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We had a beautiful week with Tracie Huskamp. She led her group in creating beautiful journal pages, while a Discover Orvieto group explored other places. Here is some of the art from the group.

Italy Art Trips OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThen there were the other activities.

Unloading grapes at the harvest

Unloading grapes at the harvest

Just bottled Orvieto Classico at Palazzone

Just bottled Orvieto Classico at Palazzone

Delicious food at the olive orchard

Delicious food at the olive orchard

Visit to magical Civita

Visit to magical Civita

Incredible food every day!

Incredible food every day!

Sheer bliss! Thank you Tracie and to all who traveled with us this week!

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Sue is just a fabulous teacher. She creates magic. We got to see the beginning of the work from her class this week. Each reflects the artist’s views and experiences of the week. Each so individual and compelling. As these pieces are finished we have been promised pictures!

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Wonderful, simpatico group. Such a memorable week. Thank you all for a fabulous time.

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Tracie Huskamp’s group just finished up. Most of them are headed on to
Venice and Rome. One of the group started out on the west coast, traveled to China and South Korea, then here, and will return via New York to CA. Around the world! What fun it is to have such interesting and fun people in our groups!

Tracie led the group around Orvieto where they took pictures. She then helped them select just the right photos, crop them to a good size, have them printed and use that as a base for painting on fabric. I don’t know how she did it but the results were stunning. She brought mats to put each picture in, setting off the beautiful work. Here are some samples.

By Molly Gehring (Plastic cover over the matted picture creates the shine)

Debbie Smith

Glenda Hoagland

Maryann Villavert

Outside of class the group visited the market and shopped for a picnic lunch.

In the market

They visited some of the 1200 Etruscan and medieval caves under the city.

Before going down into the caves

Then they cooked at Zeppelin Ristorante.

Putting bread they made into the oven

Fresh veggies

Rolling out the pasta

Foccacia and bread sticks we made and sat down to eat

Bombe with gelato for dessert

We made a visit to Palazzone Vineyard on a sparkling day.

Giovanni tastes the wine from the stainless steel tank

A sparkling day at the vineyard

Which we enjoyed on the patio of the locanda built in 1290

With views back to Orvieto

We wish the group a fun next week as they travel on for more adventures. Thanks to all for joining us!! Tracie will be returning to teach in 2014. It isn’t too early to sign up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jane LaFazio led her second workshop in watercolor sketching. She is so amazing at how she can teach her students to produce the most beautiful pieces. This is a case where pictures do speak more than words. Look at what her students did last week!

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And even more!!

Jane asked each of her students to show one of their pieces at a show and share at week’s end. Each had done a half dozen or so, so it was hard to choose just one. But each is an amazingly beautiful piece of art.

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Donna

Karen

Kathy

Kaye

Kerri

Marti

Nancy

It was a great group and a wonderful week. Thanks to Jane for her exceptional teaching and to her wonderful students for their inspiration!

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