Italy……It was different this time

When I took a photography workshop in Italy years ago, it seemed familiar to me because I was photographing. Well, as familiar as photographing wheat at dawn in Tuscany can be.

I recently spent one week in Chianti attending a watercolor journaling workshop.  This time felt different.  I was learning new techniques and creating in new mediums. This process helped me to see my surroundings in new ways. I sat on benches and steps, leaned on walls and spent time looking, drawing and painting. I was recording it on paper right in front of me, but I couldn’t resist the urge to photograph. I’m not ready to share my drawings and paintings – yet.  In future posts, you will see where I’ve been and what I’ve seen.

The workshop was taught by Sharon Pitts , an accomplished watercolor artist who teaches at the Yard School of Art at the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey.  It was facilitated by Il Chiostro at The Tuscan Renaissance Center in Borgo San Fedele in the heart of Chianti.  The location and countryside were stunning and my fellow workshop artists were such a pleasure to work with. I’m grateful to have had such an inspiring experience.

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17 Responses to “Italy……It was different this time”

  1. Susan Topper Says:

    Beautiful…..can’t wait to see and hear more!

  2. I feel like I am arriving at the beginning of a wonderful experience all over again. And, I also, can’t wait to see your record of the rest the journey. -Sharon Pitts

  3. what a wonderful opportunity! Beautiful.

  4. Rose Hittmeyer Says:

    I love the Tuscan country side. So graceful and peaceful. You can just smell the food cooking in your mind. It has been the inspiration for several tile trays I have made. Maybe we’ll have to collaborate! can’t wait to see the paintings!

  5. Annette Suter Says:

    Melabee – Thanks for the blog. Your recent trip to Italy was one topic I never got to ask you about at the wedding…..Annette

  6. Can’t wait to see more photos of the beautiful countryside.

  7. Tom Minnefor Says:

    Sounds like great fun! Katherine and I attended a Sharon Pitts in Montclair and it was great.

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  9. Grazie, Melabee! It was fun to see some of the scenes again and to recognize my sneakers on the pebbles. They looked like they were having a wonderful time.

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