Thank you, Loveland Arts Council and the Shades of Summer 2014 Plein Air Paint

It is always a humbling honor when other painters pick your painting to be best of show. I just did not know what to say. Thank you Loveland Arts Council and the Shades of Summer 2014 Plein Air Paint Out for selecting me.

There are a lot of scenes that just will not work in a plein air painting. In my experience we want to find something you can paint very directly and not convoluted with detail. You only have an hour or possibly two to capture the plein air light. If it is too elaborate there is no way you can paint it.

Loveland, Ohio, Shades of Summer 2014, plein air paint out,

Successful paintings don’t just happen they are staged. We make a plan for life, retirement, why not a plan for painting? In this case the plan worked. Other times they fail. Though each time I learn by setting up parameters for my painting before my first touch of paint contacts my canvas.

Create a Plan with me in Italy, this October. Get in before the rates go up for airfare.

I know that many of the IPAPA Plein Air Painters went to La Romita, Umbria, a few years ago and enjoyed themselves very much. We have another opportunity to go again this October. I would love to have some other plein air painters join me.

I understand it is a very reasonable price and an amazing experience. You can see the video on my website  of past IPAPA member participants video. When you bring a friend they save $200. You don’t even need to be a painter to come. There is a two day Italian cooking class. Included non stop sightseeing, food, wine and of course plenty of painters to watch and inspire.

Rusty RR Bridge, 9 x 12 inches, oil on panel, Best of Show

Italy is Beautiful in October 2014 – Register Early!

October 9 – 23, 2014
Umbrian region of Central Italy

Call Tracy to Sign Up: 1-855-476-6482
Questions? Please email us:

Painting, culinary, and
art workshops in Italy.

La Romita strada della Romita,
24 Terni Italia, 05100

Love of painting has always been my passion since I was young boy. I want to share my appetite for painting with you and help you express your art in Italy. From delicious food, ancient towns, rolling landscapes, to vineyards by an astounding sea.

In a quiet area of Italy students will enjoy gaining a deeper understanding of plein air and studio painting. We will understand a practical plan for capturing changing light in outdoor painting studies. Together with demonstrations and one on one mentoring with students we will cover dynamic compositions, mixing rich harmonious colors, and capturing light with lively paint. You will be amazed at the difference it will make in your paintings.

This artist retreat will emphasize drawing and painting with a painting knife or brush. With friendly guidance and critiques to guide painters in developing their proficiency and painting style. While enjoying day trips and making new friends with other dedicated painters of different experience levels to making memories that will last a lifetime.

The price, excluding airfare, (We pick you up and drop you off at the Rome airport [Fiumicino]), is $3790 for two weeks… and includes meals (except for a few days on longer trips when you may like to sample local restaurant lunches), wine, and lodging and talks and slide presentations on the arts and history of the area. On some evenings we’ll find concerts or opera to attend or maybe just sample the local nightlife.

Single room is $150 extra per week, first come first serve.

Bring a Friend and save $200. Paint, photograph, site see or sign up for 2 day Italian Cooking Class. You don’t have to be a painter to join us!

Reserve your spot early, this opportunity will surely fill up quickly.

Umbrian chefs preparing fresh local delicacies…and also the vino rosso, “which makes you strong”…(according to one of our local staff members.) Special diets may be considered.

These are links to some of the towns we visit:
Less than an hour away:

about an hour away:

(and the city by the sea – about an hour and a half)

in our neighborhood: