We have just finished the first of two Palladian Odyssey tours for 2018, and it has been absolutely amazing. It’s really hard to put into words how wonderful the last week has been.
I’ve chosen some photos to give you an idea of the locations we visited and the sketching we have done, but what can’t be portrayed adequately in these photos is how great this group of sketchers was. Everyone got on so well together (we had lots of laughs and great times) and this created a safe and supportive environment for sharing sketches. And, like last year, it was so exciting to see major developments in everyone’s work over the week.
A few other random comments:
- 9 countries represented: Australia, USA, Canada, UK, France, Spain, Austria, Germany and Turkey.
- In addition to my workshops, we also had wonderful private guided tours and exceptional food for every meal. So it was not just about the sketching.
- Like last year I tried to sketch during the tours. This super fast sketching is always a good way to stretch myself when I am not teaching.
- I tried to sketch more of the meals this time, but would like to do more next week.
- Having the opportunity to combine my love of classical architecture (especially Palladio) with sketching was a dream come true.
- My first A4 moleskine is now completed!
And once again Mike Botton, tour director, did an incredible job getting us from A to B and making sure everything ran smoothly! Without Mike this special workshop would not be possible.
So here is a collection of photos from most of our sketching locations. I have chosen a mix of either photos of the location, my own sketches, or the work done by the group.
Warning: this is a long post!
Here are my sketches from the street, just inside the gate, and an attempt of the interior. The Gables – the lovely American couple who we met last year – have now sold the villa, but a local was able to take us on a short tour. We are not sure if this will be available in the future.
We then went back to our accommodation and we treated to a wonderful dinner of local produce. I sketch a few of the courses but hope to do more next week.
Then we went up to the Villa and had our first private tour with the incredible guide and art historian Monica Facchini.
Another day, another Palladian villa. This time it was Villa Emo – considered perfect as it follows Palladio’s design in his “Four Books of Architecture’. I did this super quick sketch of the main building during Monica’s tour.
After a light lunch (truly!) we had an afternoon filled with short (10minute) 1-on-1 sessions with me. It was great to go through everyone’s work, answer specifc questions and give some advice for the next step. This is the first time I’ve implemented this type of session in my workshop (it was like ‘The Big Crit’ which was run at a few USK Symposiums) and I really loved the chance to catch up with everyone individually.
On the final morning we had a wrap-up session which including sharing our favourite sketches.
What an incredible adventure… and I do it all again next week. Thanks so much to everyone who was part of it!