It’s hard to believe that after all our planning that the 2019 Palladian Odyssey Tours in Umbria are finished. The second tour was as incredible as the first one, despite extremely challenging weather conditions (more about that shortly!)
My biggest thought a few days after the second tour finished is that the most important part of the PO Tours is the people that are brought together during the week long workshop. Mike Botton and I spend a lot of time putting together the tour – thinking about locations, accommodation, transportation, schedules, activities, sketching lessons and of course food. But the real magic comes from the group that we get to hang out with for the week. We have always had incredible groups and have formed many strong friendships as a result. 19 out of the 24 participants for these two Umbrian Tours were repeat participants so it was like a reunion of friends, with a few new people added to the PO family! No adequate words to describe how much I love these people and what an honour it is to become part of their creative journey!
Here is a summary of Umbria Tour 2. It’s another long article and it’s surprising how different it was at times from the week before!
BTW I did not expect everyone to have a go but they were all so keen and dedicated!
After the landscape workshop, I warmed up inside the cafe (eating gelato!) and then headed outside to do a sketch ‘just for me’ of the Post Office.It was cold and I was happy to have a new pair of gloves. Between the two groups we cleared out Carla’s supply of gloves! Carla is one of the lovely Montone locals who became our friend!
A special thankyou to Andy from England but now lives in Montone (left) who helped with lunch both weeks (Mike was out of town on the Montone days with the Plus Ones). He who made the best salads! The cafe only serves pizzas and sandwiches, so it was a big deal to offer salads to us. I love this photo as it records what was happening as soon as our lunch was over – ‘Super Andy’ and the cafe owners sat down to eat salad.
After dinner we had a special event after dinner organised by Mike – a private concert by the local Aries Wind Quintet. (Note: We had this week 1 as wel, but I wanted to keep it as a surprise for tour 2.)
After lunch I had one-on-one sessions with everyone in Aries Cafe. At one point I looked up and there was Debbie from LA! She and husband were in the area and decided to pop into Montone. She sketched me doing one of my reviews – thanks Debbie.
WOW! what a week! (and what an epic blog article, hey?)
The group departed on Sunday, and after my usual day of rest and worship, I left Montone on Monday morning. This was some of the sketches I did during my final 2 hours in town.
A huge thanks to everyone who came on the Umbrian tours this year – both were amazingly special weeks which I will remember always.
If you are interesting in joining us next year… We will be announcing dates for 2020 Palladian Odyssey Tours soon. Please join the mailing list for first notification.