Capture the moment!

With Jerry Markham from Canada

Painting is about catching a moment in time....

Painting is about catching a moment in time, especially plein air painting. In this workshop Jerry will offer demonstrations, exercises and instruction for creating a strong painting by applying elements such as dynamic compositions, a strong value scheme and driving depth through aerial perspective, as well as the use of edges and colour. We will also touch on the purpose of photographs and how they can be useful tools in the studio, and creative writing to solidify your impressions of what you want to say. These applications will free your creativity in the ways you observe nature, capture it on your canvas, and it will give you a unique way of painting the scene.

This workshop offers group instruction and lots of individual attention, and is suitable for beginners and intermediate painters who paint with oil, acrylic or watercolor mediums.

8 days/ 7 nights commencing September 7th to 14th. 2014. Sunday to Sunday.

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About the Artist

Though best known for his impressionistic landscapes, Jerry also paints contemporary urban scenes, people, wildlife, and anything that captures his interest.

Jerry feels the best way to create paintings with passion and feeling is through experiencing the outdoors and subjects from life - paint in the snow, get caught in the rain, and feel the surroundings. The result will bear a unique sense of not only the place but of the artist's experience.

A full-time painter for over 10 years, Jerry strives to live life well and to grow in his journey of discovery, knowledge and finding his voice as an artist. He currently lives in British Columbia, Canada with his wife Leah. They enjoy traveling and being outdoors.

Jerry's work has been featured in Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, Western Art & Architecture, International Artist, and Canadian Brushstroke Magazine, seen recognition through awards and can be found in galleries in North America. For more details see the link below.

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The Location

"I was so taken by this splendid vision that I never forgot it and it has become the star or, at least, the setting for most of my paintings, my beautiful Trasimeno."

Gerardo Dottori

Softly rolling hills on the borders of Umbria and Tuscany. The marriage of two magnificent regions on the banks of the serene Lago Trasimeno

Your location will be the hill-top village of Castel Rigone nestled in pine-woods and surrounded by rolling hills, Castel Rigone is a beautiful 'working' , hill-top medieval village with winding stepped streets, quaint houses and three lovely original wall-towers. Apart from during the Annual 'Festa dei Barbari' every August it is 'tranquile' and untouched by tourism.

Your accommodation will be in the lovely 4 star 'Relais La Fattoria' originally a 'pardronale' with history dating back to the 17th century, with its open terrace ovelooking the hillside and lake. Breakfast and dinner are included in your package and will be taken in the hotel's 'Hermann's Forest Ristorante' renowned for its excellent service, delicious local specialities and tasteful decor.

During the afternoons you will be free to continue your painting or enjoy quiet walks, a drink, gelato or snack at our village bar or simply to relax by the pool or in one of the hotel's comfortable lounges. There are several wonderful walks into the open countryside varying in length from 4km to 12km and extensive pine-woods offering shade on sunny days.

Included in your holiday are two excursions . On these days you again have the choice of either painting at these locations or to simply enjoy sightseeing.

Transfer will be from Perugia Airport for UK participents. For those travellng from outside Europe who will be arriving at Rome, we will collect from Passignano railway station.

Details on request.

The Location in beautiful Trasimeno on the borders of Umbria and Tuscany

Your Hotel

'Not Just a Painting Holiday'

Not Just a Painting Holiday' is a small company owned by UK artist, teacher and travel journalist, Judi Brereton who has more than thirty years experience of this area of Italy. Ten years ago Judi and her husband Michael, purchased a house in Castel Rigone and realising the area's huge artisitic potential, Judi decided to base her Art, Culture and Cuisine Holidays in the village.

Since then highly acclaimed artists from all over the world have brought groups to paint in this beautiful location and to enjoy the wonderful food, wine and the warmth and hospitality of the people. It is a unique opportunity to experience life in the 'real' Italy whilst pursuing an interest in art.

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How do I obtain more information? How do I book?

If you require any more information please visit my website (link above) where you will find everything concerning the course, prices, dates and much more on the location.

There is also a CONTACT FORM which you can use if you have any further questions and a BOOKING FORM.

I am happy to answer questions by email or by telephone and can also talk on SKYPE.


Painting Holiday with Jerry Markham