What is it about doing art....
....in another country? How do these places let us look at the world with a fresh eye, not only when there but for long after coming home? I've done painting and drawing in England, China, Hong Kong (before it was China), Mexico, France, Jamaica, Canada....and if I keep typing I'll likely remember other places.
Each time I sense I've grown as a person and an artist, and that feeling hangs with me. It's a feeling of greater personal depth, of appreciation of another culture, of finding that no matter where I go that I like the people, their food and their customs. My fears are their fears, my joys are their joys, my family is their family....it's just the little 'don't matter a bit' things that are different.
I'm writing to invite you to paint and draw with me in one of the more unique places in the world, a very old hill town in Italy. I don't know all of its long history but I do know that 'long' is the correct term, that it has suffered the wages of war over and over and rebuilt itself each time. In WWII it was almost leveled, the population decimated, becoming close to a ghost town. Yet here it is again redefining itself as a place for the arts and artists. How could I not want to go and experience that kind of persistent spirit. It must breath out of the bricks and stone.
Here are some more pictures and, if you are interested, you can go the Winslow Art Center website and investigate further. Martha Jordan would be happy to answer any of your questions by mail, email or phone. Ciao! (see how good I'm getting?)
Most of these photos were taken by one of Martha's daughters who drove over to Montisi for the day. Seeing these makes me just want to sink into the flavor of this place.