Me, Adriano and Tamsin looking at the view from Erice mountain
I've been meaning to write and tell you about the great time we had at Salinara Art Farm, painting in and around the Marsala area of Sicily last April.
Time flies and I get distracted so easily.... but I just have to show you some photos and let you see just how good it was!
Salinara Art Farm is run by a charming couple, Adriano and Yumi. He met us all at Palermo airport and drove us back to the farm, which is just outside the town of Marsala. It is on the edge of the largest natural marine preservation area in Europe, which is quite something and includes the beautiful Egadi Islands of Favignana, Levanso and Marettimo.
Sicily is just a short hop for those of us living in Malta, but we also had someone who flew in from Germany. Salinara Art Farm hosts workshops, retreats and special interest holidays during the shoulder months, and then opens as a B&B during the summer. It’s just off the beaten track, so the peace is wonderful but it’s also close-ish to the town and other local attractions. No, I’m not really writing an advert for them – I’ve just had SUCH a good time there ! Here's a link for directions to Salinara Art Farm in case you're in the area.
There were plenty of spaces for us to work on our own in between drawing sessions and outings
I had planned beforehand to help everyone put figures into their paintings, and so every day we had a session with my daughter Tamsin posing for us. We practiced sketching people on the move and how to get figures the right size and in perspective. It was a lot of fun and everyone enjoyed it.
We visited Erice, Mozia island, Favignana island, Marsala and Salini. We painted windmills and saltpans, of course –they’re so iconic of the area – but also land, sea and townscapes.
A happy bunch!
We also drank an awful lot of wine, ate plenty of ice creams and shopped just a bit too. All our meals were out of this world – lovingly prepared by Adriano's brother Emiliano at Salinara itself. We didn’t want to eat anywhere else!
Cheers! let's do it again!
The best news of all is that we are organising another trip this autumn from September 28th to October 5th. I’m so excited about going back; I feel very at home there now. Wouldn't you like to join us? All levels of ability are catered for. If you are interested, please let me know and I will send you a brochure. Looking forward even more, The Salinara team and I are planning a trip to a Greek Island next May – keep in touch for more news on THAT Adventure!!
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Last October I spent a blissful week painting In and around Marsala, on the beautiful West coast of Sicily. I was hosted by a lovely couple, Yumi and Adriano. They have tastefully converted an old Sicilian winery into the most unusual and comfortable guest house, the Salinara Art Farm.
In April I am returning - this time to tutor a week of painting in this wonderful place and I'd love you to join me. I will be taking my watercolours, but if you'd like to bring any other medium that's fine. We'll be visiting a whole range of exciting locations, from the medieval hilltop town of Erice to the mysterious island of Mozia..... from windmills and salt pans to quirky fishing boats in the port..... deserted forts, wild countryside and the charming town itself, Marsala has it all.
As my regular students know, painting sessions are fun and relaxed, and tailored to individual needs. You'll work hard and learn lots of course, but there will be plenty of time to relax too. On this holiday I'd rather like to encourage everyone to include people in their paintings, so we will have a model (my daughter Tamsin) on hand to sit still for us. At the Farm, I'll show you easy ways to paint and sketch figures so that they look 'real' without adding too much detail.
Except for the flights to Palermo, everything is included in a great package deal; all food, wine, transport to and from painting locations, and me of course :-)
See the brochure below for full details on booking.