Warning: I am Dreaming of Painting In Italy

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It’s Saturday night and my goal is to write Sunday’s post before it gets too late and I become a zombie in Zombieland. So here I am and it’s only 7:30 instead of my usual midnight rendezvous with the computer.

What a week!  My weeks are so full that days feel like years and years become decades.

This is the last weekend of Artrails (open studios) which will officially end a full month with no days off. Am I whining?  A little.  But I created this crazy life of mine with wanting to be an artist/ art teacher/ grad school student/ international artist/ a mother….   and I would not trade it for a million dollars.

I feel the most alive when my life is full and I am making art. There is so much to paint and so little time. Lately I have been dreaming of painting in Italy.  One of my new painting buddies told me a delicious story of how he went and painted in Italy with his mate.

They have a patron who owns a home there and lets them visit anytime for as long as they want.  It’s in a town with no roads and a wall that surrounds it so everyone must park their cars outside and walk in.  He told me of the wonderful days they spent rising early in the morning to paint the sunrises then returning to their three story villa where they would take a nap before returning to paint the sunsets.

The bedroom was on the third floor and had long gauzy orange curtains. They would billow with the afternoon breezes  slowly drifting down with sighs of contentment.

My painting of the Red Umbrellas sold today.  It was from a one day painting competition at Frances Ford Coppola’s winery in Healdsburg.


(Wendy’s dream is still to become a influential international artist, but she left 8 Women Dream in March of 2010 to complete grad school.  She is still a strong supporter of 8 Women Dream and you will see her in the comments on the blog.)

  • Heather, the e-commerce builder

    Ahhh… Italy. My first trip to Europe focused on Northern Italy for our Honeymoon. I love the area and creating art in that environment must be incredible.

    Looking forward to seeing you there!

  • Lilianne

    I don’t know if you are familiar with Artspan forum at http://www.artspan.com/community, but Constance Grayson placed this there about painting in Italy:

    Join us for one of our unique art adventures in the Umbria region of Italy. Located in the foothills of the Appennine Mountains, Caifiordi School of Art offers art instruction in painting (acrylic), mixed media (watercolor, acrylic and collage), photography, drawing, masterclass (oil) and plein air painting. Each of these classes is taught by a qualified American instructor. College credit is also available for each course. The class is also designed to acquaint you with the history and people of Umbria, a region so beautiful it is called Italy’s “green heart”. You will spend part of each day in the studio or on location. Each day will feature a different hill town in the region and we will also spend some time sightseeing and just enjoying “la dolce vita”. Full details on our courses can be found on our website at http://www.caifiordi.com. Contact me for details about our early bird registration program.

    Constance Grayson, Director
    Caifiordi School of Art, Inc.

    From what I have been reading about you, it sounds like just your thing.

  • Veronica

    I was in Italy last April and I could be easily enticed to return, I would vote for a 8 women dream trip.

  • Wendy

    Thanks Remy, Catherine and Lisa. I am home from the last Artrails day. I sold another painting and a study.Lots of people came and I received great feedback. I think we should all plan a trip to Italy. It even fits Kim travel dreams and 8 women go to Italy sounds like a good story.

  • Kim, the traveler

    You’re living your dream!

  • I fell in love with Italy when I traveled there in 2006… would love to go there and write as well. Perhaps we can someday all head there for an 8womendream.com retreat…

    Good luck with all that is coming up for you! So important to live our dreams, and it’s worth the momentary craziness… Working hard at what we love ultimately brings us peace I think. Keep it up! :-)

    p.s. can’t wait to meet you! :-)
    Lisa (the 8th Woman)

  • Catherine

    I am so impressed by all you do. I have to show you how to link your paintings here back to your site so that when people click on them, they go to your own gallery. Great post, I see you are getting the whole SEO thing …

    This aligns with what I am going to make us all do on Wed for 2010 goals for our dreams. Each of us are going to map next year with our dream goals, then I add them to it’s own place on this blog.

  • Remy

    Italy is where I rediscovered my passion for photography. my plan is to return there to shoot, and I’m aiming for 2011 if you wanna go! Sounds like you are set up for lodging…- is it in Tuscany? Sounds like a place I visited…

    Congrats on making a sale in Art Trails. It sounds like a tough month, but it will be worth it!