This is the view that welcomes you arriving by Ferry at Carzone. Just one of the hidden jewels on Lake Iseo. To paint this special little Borgo I had to get a feel and sample it’s delights. Morning coffee was first sitting in the sunshine watching scooters whizz by, riden by ladies with bags of groceries held tightly between their ankles. I was now ready for finding a location for a few hours, down the narrow alleyways with flowers and tubs beside every ancient doorway. I watched a young boy wearing his Italian strip kicking a ball and clothes above our heads drying in the morning sunshine. So now I was ready to settle down and paint an Italian scene.
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Staying at Rivalago Hotel on the shores of Lake Iseo I painted this serene vista in watercolours. With only shades of Blues to see, the palette was easy to mix. To keep it pure to the view, no pencil marks were drawn just a brush loaded with paint to show the simplicity of this breathtaking scene.
The light changes daily in the Italian Lakes, the days start with sunshine flooding through the open finistra, days are spent chasing shadows around sunlight buildings or sparkling light dancing on the Lake. Late afternoon the delights come to life, a mass of colours subdue to tonal shades, shapes are simplified with just a wash of colour.
You might wonder what a painting holiday in the Italian Lakes is like? At Lake Iseo which is situated between Garda and Como. A shy but beautiful Lake is known by the Italians as the ‘Secret Jewel’ is a pure joy for artists who enjoy painting stunning scenery without throngs of tourists, but able to watch local Italians go about everyday life in a stunning backdrop. Based at the pretty old port of Sulzano in the stunning Rivalago Hotel. Breakfast time taken in the gardens leading down to the lakeshore a perfect way to start the day.
Days are spent visiting the pretty small villages and towns dotted around the lakeshore, arriving usually by ferry with views from every angle.
Painting subjects range from intimate balcony scenes, to bobbing boats and colourful villas reflected into a warm turquoise lake all viewed from beneath the shade of an Olive tree.
Days turn into stunning sunsets with a glass of cool Prosecco to hand and homade Italian food served outdoors. Artists, be them beginners or those that have dabbled for many years all enjoying the delights of the colours that unfold.
If you would like to join my small group of painters from total beginner to experienced just get in touch for more details just email Jane at email@example.com
The date is Saturday 7th September for one week and the price is £995.00 for a painter and £875.00 for a non painting husband or wife. This is excluding flights. For non painters Lake Iseo is perfect for Road cycling, walking and just enjoying Italian Culture.
I love painting Derwentwater, and think it is possibly the most beautiful lake in the English Lake District. It is totally unspoilt with five small Islands, one aptly named Derwent Island owned by the national trust. I painted this original watercolour at dusk. A still lake catching warm winter sunlight with just the sounds of geese making their evening flights.
Jane Ward is a Landscape Artist working in Watercolours, Pastels and Oils. Enjoying walking amongst inspiring high fell and mountain scenery led Jane to paint what she really loved. Dramatic light conditions on Lakes, Mountain ridges and Tarns especially in a Winter Landscape.
Self taught Jane paints mainly in Watercolours, Oils and Pastels.An enthusiastic tutor and contributor to ‘Leisure Painter’ Magazine.
Moving to the Lake District Jane set up ‘Lakeland Art Courses’ sharing her special painting locations around Keswick and Grasmere with students from all over the world. A trip to Italy opened a new chapter, quite by accident discovering Lake Iseo ‘ the secret jewel of the Italian Lakes’ Jane now organises each year a painting holiday to her favourite place in Italy.
Having spent many years painting in the French Alps capturing some of the most dramatic and inspiring landscapes, Jane is delighted to organise painting holidays in Samoens named as one of the the most beautiful French Alpine towns.
Original work can be seen at Viridian Gallery, Keswick and Thornthwaite Gallery.
Jane’s ‘Lakeland art Blog is a weekly diary showing places that inspire, Some of her walks, adventures, paintings, tips and new ideas.