As I sketched I was trying to process some of the things which have occurred in the past fortnight. There are a lot of memories and thoughts encoded in this sketch that I just can’t put into words.
After the sketch I took off my Palladian Odyssey name tag as a symbolic gesture that the epic journey – an odyssey indeed – was over.
We had another fabulous group in the second tour – this time the Australians were the major nationality, but we also had a few Americans, and one Parisian. Once again the friendship and support created in the group over the last 6 days was incredible. (Sadly Trish from Tasmania is missing from this group photo)
As I recorded in detail the itinerary of the first tour in my previous article, I will just share some different events/places and a few highlights from the second tour.
Day 1: Another lovely afternoon in the garden at Ca’ de Memi – our farm stay.
BTW I managed to sketch a little more of the exquisite dinner prepared by her on the first evening.
We had the privilege of meeting Count Marcello (father of Count Jacopo from Tour 1) who gave us a tour of the villa and grounds, and this week we ate our lunch in the sala inside the villa. But as soon as we were about to leave at the end of the day, the Count had to get back to work.
It was wonderful to visit Villa Cornaro again and this time I got a copy of the owner’s book signed. Really special to have a short chat with both Carl and Sally Gable about Palladio at the end of the tour.
Aside: I am quite pleased that after years of training I am now able to do this type of sketch in a only a minute or two with a acceptable degree of accuracy!
One of the sketcher’s husband (who we called a ‘plus one’), often used our sketching sessions as a flute practice session – it was as if we had our own private musician on the tour with us! Thanks Roger.
I am including this photo as it shows Andrea, on the right. He was our wonderful (and very safe) driver for both tours. “Thanks mate!” (we were teaching him a bit of Australian over pizza one night.)
Then it was time to sketch the Palladian bridge! Bassano is SO beautiful but it was a bit hot and humid sketching on the riverside and we had to sit a bit further back this week so that we could sit in the shade.
Here is my demo on the left and an earlier looser version from Monday. Both of these sketches use my Seven Step System for Working Structurally (part of my SketchingNow Buildings course – returning later in the year.)
(So much for a shorter highlights article – I got a bit carried away!!)
Once again I have to publicly thank Mike Botton for his fantastic job as tour director. The amount of work he has done over the last two years is huge, and everything went so smoothly! The Palladian Odyssey would never have happened without his idea and expert tour planning and coordination. Thanks Mike!
We have created a really unique type of sketching workshop – one in which the sketching is balanced with great local private tours, meals at top restaurants with incredible views. So it is a full travel sketching experience!
A few questions I have been asked:
Were the participants all architects and/or experienced artists?
No! most were self taught sketchers with between 6 months – 3 years experience. It is my great joy to teach techniques to help non-architects to sketch buildings, and to help architects loosen up!
Is this workshop suitable for beginners?
The tour is best suited for people who have some sketching under their belt and are more or less comfortable sketching out on location with others (ie. have done some urban sketching before). I strongly recommend people do my Foundations online course beforehand so that they can get the most out of the experience.
Will you run this again next year?
Yes, the intention is to repeat the tour in 2018 – please join the mailing list over on the website.
I have had a LOT of fun sharing daily videos on Instagram! It has been a crazy time and filming a few 15 second videos each day turned out to be the best way to record it. I hope many of you have been able to watch them each day.
Teaching and sketching alongside two groups of lovely sketchers for a 6 day period was a very rich experience, not only have I become good friends with everyone but I feel a part of their creative journey – a great honour.
I have been overwhelmed to see the development and/or risk taking in everyone’s work over the last fortnight. And I can’t wait to follow along with them in the coming weeks and months.
A huge thanks to everyone who was part of the Palladian Odyssey! It’s so sad that it is now all over. I will miss you all a lot!
Thanks also to everyone who have virtually joined in with us on our epic journey!
I am very tired physically but buzzing with creative energy. So stay tuned for my next adventures as I do a little travelling and sketching for myself!