As a graphic designer I traded my BMW for a van. No more suits and high heels for corporate presentations and marketing meetings with clients. Instead comfortable clothes and an artist’s palette. For me, a trust in God and a creative outlet through art were the two constants in my life.
Today, I have created my dream career: teaching children and adults to paint and love art, showing them how to be creative, everyday, and teaching students to enjoy travel as they paint with us on our Artist’s Get-Aways. Each day is different, and this was the original goal I had set for myself.
Relaxing, Creative, Theraputic
Painting is relaxing, it’s creative and therapeutic. It’s an outlet that can ground you and recharge you. Art can be a form of meditation — each painting a place where you go and be at peace. It can motivate you toward life changes and transitions. Couple this with travel on an Art-On-Location Get-Away and you’ve got a serene holiday, and a cultural experience — that’s productive. Participants bring home meaningful paintings and photographs from the Get-Aways that often constitute what I calls “a safe passage” from one chapter of life to another.
Painting is optional, on our Get-Aways as we encourage the entire family to join you. We also have separate itineraries customized for children.
Painting away from home is different, you’re unplugged from your day to day life, you will experience different artistic breakthroughs as you paint daily, instead of taking an occasional lesson. The artistic momentum gained in 2 weeks is incredible.
Imagine, spending two weeks in the country, 1 1/2 hours from Florence, staying in a 17th century restored country house. Living like the locals, a slower pace of life, shopping in markets for fresh food, painting Cyprus treed landscapes and medieval village scenes. Can you visualize this?”
Live Life to the Fullest
Giuseppe Dini and I have co-authored a book entitled “An Adventure in Tuscany incorporating The Legend of Beppino, The Friendly Tuscan Wolf. The book is a travel guide, inspiring people to travel and live life to the fullest. It is a self-tour guide with sixteen daily excursions, including twenty of my own original paintings of the area. The charming Legend is about the Friendly Tuscan Wolf, which is actually the co-author, Giuseppe Dini’s life story as a boy, in Tuscany. The legend is described in fifteen parables for children (of all ages), with an object lesson for each day.
Does this sound like a book you must have, a journey you must take? Join us on our next Get Away to Tuscany & Venice, June 27, 2019. Your family/group will meet the Friendly Tuscan Wolf! Come to Italy, experience the incredibly beautiful medieval village of Anghiari in Tuscany. Tour the vineyards and the olive groves, learn to cook with an Italian Chef, join Giuseppe Dini and I and discover Anghiari’s cultural legacy.
Bring Family with you -- painting and cooking are optionals courses....