Light-Filled Painting in the Cinque Terre

DATES: 09/18/2021 - 09/25/2021
LOCATION: Cinque Terre
PRICE: $3,495.00
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Brian grew up in New York and moved to California in 1980 where he enrolled in the School of Arts at the United States International University, in San Diego. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and received his BFA in 1983, moved to Los Angeles, and began to pursue a career in commercial art.

During his years as an art director in Southern California, Brian had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the United States as well as Japan, Singapore, China and Korea.  His global awareness and appreciation for all types of art continued to grow with each trip. Every museum visited and gallery opening brought new and exciting works of art into his mental portfolio, yet he was repeatedly drawn back to the artists and paintings created in the very place he resided, namely the California Impressionists of the first half of the 20th century.

Brian immersed himself in the Plein Air movement that was growing in Southern California, and with in months he was showing his works in a gallery in Laguna Beach, the seaside town where many of the early California painters lived and worked.

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Night Lights by Brian Murphy

A trip to New York in the summer of 1995 proved to be a turning point in Brian’s painting career. He was given a private tour of the Brooklyn Museum’s John Singer Sargent’s watercolor collection. Sargent was a major inspiration and the experience at the museum helped solidify Brian’s artistic vision for his own work. He began to approach his painting with the California and French Impressionists movements with Sargent’s work in mind.

Brian began teaching painting classes at the Palos Verdes Art Center in California in 2001. In 2003 he moved to North Carolina, settling in a Virginia a few years later, where he resides today. Since 2007 Brian has taught painting workshops in Ireland, Italy, France, Spain and various destinations in the United States.

The  artist’s work has found its way into hundreds of private collections in the US and abroad, as well as corporate collections such as The Norfolk Southern Corporation in Norfolk, Virginia, The Bank of Hampton Roads in Norfolk, Virginia and The Lincoln Financial Group in Richmond, Virginia. The breadth and complexity of his work grows stronger each year, as does his subject matter with the continuation of painting trips to Europe and travel within the US.

Discover the light the Cinque Terre landscape and seascapes provide while learning how to capture that light on your canvas!

San Fedele, Tuscany by Brian Murphy

 

Plein air painting is the best way to advance skills and painting ability.  In this workshop, Brian will teach how to create light-filled paintings while loosening up technique, all with a limited palette.  Part of each day he will instruct one-on-one with every student as they paint the magnificent views before us, followed with daily critiques and discussions about the works.

 

Brian has led numerous painting trips to France, Italy, Spain, and Ireland, and this workshop, paired with daily excursions, will continue this tradition of painting and experiencing the natural beauty and culture of this incredible part of the world.

Vagliagi by Brian Murphy

“I hope you will join us for this wonderful trip and discover how rewarding and fun painting abroad can be. The camaraderie and connection you make with fellow participants and the experiences you have while discovering the Italian culture, food and wine will stay with you for a lifetime. I look forward to having the opportunity to pass along my love and knowledge of “plein air” painting and sharing this adventure with you!” – Brian


Additional Activities: Our daily painting will be combined with other adventures such as:

  • train pass to visit other towns (Vernazza, Riomaggiore, Manarola and Corniglia)
  • boat trip to sketch or photograph from the sea
  • free shuttle service from the hotel to the main town
  • pick up in Florence on the first day

Above Vernazza by Brian Murphy


The Cinque Terre 
– is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. “The Five Lands” comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach them from the outside. For more about the Cinque Terre, the Lonely Planet gives a nice description with photos:  http://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/cinque-terre

 

 

The Food – We will have 5 dinners organized together at local restaurants and trattorie.  We’ll sample the pastas, seafood and specialties of the area.  Wine is included in all meals.  Lunches and 2 dinners will be independent for you to explore the local cuisine on your own.

 

Given its location on the Mediterranean, seafood is plentiful in the local cuisine. Anchovies of Monterosso are a local specialty designated with a Protected Designation of Origin status from the European Union. The mountainsides of the Cinque Terre are heavily terraced and are used to cultivate grapes and olives. This area, and the region of Liguria, as a whole, is known for pesto — a sauce made from basil leaves, garlic, salt, olive oil, pine nuts and pecorino cheese. Focaccia is a particularly common locally baked bread product. Farinata is also a typical snack found in bakeries and pizzerias — essentially it is a savoury and crunchy pancake made from a base of chick-pea flour.


Price: $3,495 p/p based on double occupancy

Monterrosso Evening by Brian Murphy

Optional Supplements:

  • $475 for single room – limited availability
  • $250 p/p for suite with Jacuzzi and terrace

Includes:

  • Shared double room in Hotel La Cabana in Monterosso (singles available for a supplement)
  • Daily traditional breakfast
  • 5 dinners with wine
  • Train passes for exploring other towns
  • One boat trip on the Mediterranean
  • Pick up from Florence train station on arrival day (on the departure day we do not return the group to Florence, as many people will want to go off in other directions.  There is a convenient train station in the center of Monterosso that connects with every major line in Italy.)

    The Cinque Terre

 

Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Lunch
  • Art supplies
  • Independent meals and sight-seeing

 

 

To Register:  just click on the Sign Up Now button.  A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to secure your spot in the workshop.  Payment can be made on line with a credit card, or you can follow the instructions to send in your registration and payment by mail.  Once we receive your deposit we will send you a formal Registration Confirmation with further information about the program.  You will receive 2-3 other correspondences by email prior to the workshop with information about Italy, a supplies list and an electronic invoice for the balance.  Final Balance is due by August 15th.  Any time prior to your arrival, if you have questions about anything regarding the trip or the program, you can contact us by email or phone and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Contact us for more information:  info@ilchiostro.com or speak to us live at 800-990-3506.

Cabana-5 TerreOur small hotel La Cabana sits on a small hill that divides the historic center of Monterosso from the new part, Fegina.  It is a typical Ligurian farmhouse that has belonged to one family for generations. The vines and the olive trees that they have cultivated form the backdrop to the rooms that have been recently refurbished with the utmost respect for the environment and the traditions of the Cinque Terre, but without forgetting modern comforts.

Cabana roomThe 9 rooms are furnished with antiques, parquet floors, curtains, and finishes intended to frame the unparalleled panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea. It is an oasis of relaxation completely surrounded by greenery and silence with wonderful vistas and gardens to paint.  Our group will take over the entire hotel for the week.

To get down to Monterosso you can take advantage of their free shuttle service or, if you are up for it,  walking down is not difficult and takes less than ten minutes. It’s a nice walk down that offers beautiful panoramic views. On the descent, you will pass the ancient 11th century castle (today houses the cemetery of the village) and wind through olive trees until you reach the historical center of town. Coming back up, the shuttle might be a good idea!

For more information, visit their web site:  http://www.lacabanacinqueterre.com/en/index.php

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Breakfast room

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Reception

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Entrance to La Cabana

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Garden overlooking the town

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The terrace

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View from the terrace

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La Cabana shuttle

The Cinque Terre are in the section of Italy known as Liguria on the western coast.  The main city of Liguria is Genova.  These 5 towns were traditional fishing villages, cut off from the mainland by a steep range of mountains.  For centuries they were only accessible by the sea.

For our program, we will meet the group in Florence on the first day.  From there a private bus will take the group to our hotel in Monterosso-al-Mare.

To visit the town from our hotel there is a regular shuttle bus.  The towns are small with narrow roads, so the shuttle will leave us off in the newer section, then we will walk through a short tunnel to the historic center of town where most of the shops and restaurants are located.

To go between towns (Vernazza, Manarola, Corniglia or Rio Maggiore) there are local trains connecting all of them.

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5 Terre fishing boat, photo by Andy Holtzman

The Cinque Terre – is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. “The Five Lands” comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach them from the outside.

For more about the Cinque Terre, the Lonely Planet gives a nice description with photos: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/cinque-terre

The Food:  Given its location on the Mediterranean, seafood is plentiful in the local cuisine. Anchovies of Monterosso are a local specialty designated with a Protected Designation of Origin status from the European Union. The mountainsides of the Cinque Terre are heavily terraced and are used to cultivate grapes and olives. This area, and the region of Liguria, as a whole, is known for pesto — a sauce made from basil leaves, garlic, salt, olive oil, pine nuts and pecorino cheese. Focaccia is a particularly common locally baked bread product. Farinata is also a typical snack found in bakeries and pizzerias — essentially it is a savoury and crunchy pancake made from a base of chick-pea flour. Epic porcini mushrooms are presented in a wooden box for you to chose for grilling with olive oil and garlic.

AHoltzman-photo 2  AHoltzman-Seaside Restaurant