Alex led an 8-day art tour to Ubud with Art Adventures Travel in July 2018.
The group of participants sketched en plein air at two local temples, an open air market, an orchid garden, rice paddies, a wood carving workshop and in local streets. A special custom-made travel sketchbook was created by each artist to use.
Two additional days were spent in an airy studio space surrounded by lush tropical gardens and a swimming pool, creating paintings. Sampling local hospitality and delicious meals were a delightful part of the experience, and the traditional style accommodation was beautiful.
Italy Tour, September 2018
Alex led a ten-day art tour to Tuscany and Le Marche in September 2018 with The Create Escape Tours.
Participants enjoyed en plein air sketching in a custom-made travel sketchbook in many locations in Florence and Le Marche, a district north east of Tuscany in the foothills. They stayed in a charming old convent in a great location close to the Duomo in Florence, and a gorgeous 16th Century family palazzo in Mercatello sul Metauro, a picturesque old market town in Le Marche.
Activities included sketching the Duomo, sculpture at the Bargello museum, courtyards and monasteries, Medieval streets and squares, and visiting Urbino, Urbania, Fiesole, a sculpture garden, art galleries and artists’ studios, a Franciscan friary, a potters studio, a printmaker, and of course many excellent restaurants.
A highlight of the tour was a dinner cooked by a group of eight friends, known as ‘Padlot ‘, who prepared a wonderful feast of local dishes using traditional recipes. Of particular note was Saint Veronica’s soup, made from a secret recipe taken from her diary in the 15th century and a local speciality.
Brisbane Sketchfest 2019
Alex will be instructor/tutor in Brisbane for their Sketchfest, 9-12 October 2019. Organised by Urban Sketchers Brisbane.