We have just finished the first of two Palladian Odyssey tours in the Veneto Region of Italy. I am sitting in my hotel room (supposedly resting) and trying to think of some adequate words to describe the last 6 days. But, I don’t think I can do it justice!
So instead I will give you a few quick thoughts and then share a heap of photos.
Please note: It has been so intensive that the only social media posting I have consistently maintained has been instagram stories. I have been posting a number of videos each day which only remain online for 24 hours. But don’t worry, I am saving them, and will put a video together on my return home.
Lets just start with some photos (correction: a LOT of photos) and I will share some thoughts at the end.
After lunch on the square, and a session sharing our sketching kits, we had some free time to sketch a postcard for our postcard exchange. Here is my super quick loose version of the building from the morning session.
Wow! it’s has certainly been a very busy few days, and as you can see from these photos, we have done a lot of moving around, enjoyed some top meals and experienced a number of private tours. So, it is fairly obvious that this was not a typical sketching workshop with long sketching sessions. Instead the sketching slotted in between all these other activities – just like it does in real life, when you are travel sketching.
Many of the sketching sessions were about 1 hour in length and I had a wonderful time sharing my top tips for doing fast sketching while travelling.The tours were all fantastic and really helped us understand and connect more with our subject matter.
We had the most wonderful group of people – everyone was lovely and we had so much fun sketching and hanging out together! It was very exciting to see everyone’s work (including a diverse range of styles) develop during the week and it was such a rich experience to be able to share these creative journeys with each other.
And, as for Mike Botton, the tour director… what can I say? He was incredible!!!
Mike and I have been working on these tours for 2 years and it all went better than expected. So well organised and run. Thanks Mike for all your hard work to put this adventure together. And after a few days break, and we do it all again with a second group – I can’t wait!
I have been pleasantly surprised by how much sketching I managed to fit in and how finished my sketchbook pages are (even with sketch notes from teaching sessions, or super quick sketches during the tours) but, yes, I am tired, very tired.
So it’s now time to get a little rest before going out to dinner again. It never ends!
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