Last month, five of us painted together in the little mountainous town of Orta, Italy. Our sixth artist was busy scouting out the nearby shops for some good deals.

The colors in Italy are different than anywhere I have ever been. Maybe it's the sun's angle or maybe the ancient textures reflecting the light in a special way.

It was an excellent trip with some special friends. From left to right, Valerie, Carol, Mary, Shirley, and me. Joan's the one around the corner shopping, and my sister-in-law from Dusseldorf, Germany, took our picture and helped critique the paintings. Thanks, Chris!

Here are two of the paintings - in progress - that Valerie and Shirley were working on in Italy - two unique creations of the same scene. You can refer back to my quick study painting of this scene - blog from Oct. 9.


Myrna Wacknov said...

This brings back wonderful memories. Can't wait to go back to Italy. How special to share a trip like this with artist buddies!

Nava said...

Indeed, Italy is a true inspiration. Too bad I was there before my painting days. All I did was take dozens and dozens of photos.

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

I am officially oozing with envy now! I am so glad you got to make this trip and had usch a wonderful experience. My best buddy went to Cortona in June and she hasn't come back to Earth since, she had such a marvelous experience. Great photo of you all.