My passion for painting art has inspired me to offer a 7 day “Plein air” workshop within this magical location, retracing the footsteps of Monet.
Visit the unique painting sites of the Ligurian Riviera: Alassio, Laigueglia, Colla Micheri, Cervo, Albenga, Villanova d’Albenga, Zuccarello, Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena, Verezzi, Finalborgo, Varigotti, Noli and Dolceacqua.Painting Itinerary 2018
Tour and paint the medieval towns and villages in the surrounding areas; visit bustling resorts and historic sites. Lose yourself in breathtaking seaside and blooming hillside scenery; share your experiences with other artists over aperitifs, and finish the day with fantastic food and wines, in a typical Ligurian restaurant.
Together we will capture the light of seascapes and hillside landscapes in brilliant colour at this beautiful getaway location. Experience excursions of interest; taste memorable meals in the peace and serenity of the Italian Riviera. We will paint, relax, eat, drink, all at your own pace.
Level of experience: All levels of experience are welcome. If you are a beginner, I'm fluent in English and I can assist you in the fundamentals of painting. Non painters are also welcome.
What to take with you for painting: your French box easel, your favourite colors and medium, your favourite brushes or palette knives. If you own something like this you have all you need! I will provide any new canvas you need, solvent and paper towels.
Climate: You are welcome to visit any time of the year. The coldest months (not recommended for painting in open air) are from December to March. From July 10th until August 20th the weather is extremely hot and very crowded. April, May, June, September and October are fantastic! http://www.holiday-weather.com/alassio/averages
Airports: Alassio is situated between Nice and Genoa airports (the flight is NOT included in the price).
What’s included: round trip transport from the airports, seven night’s lodging (single or shared occupancy), seven breakfasts, six dinners, transport and excursions to unique painting sites, basic beverage and sandwiches during painting time.Contact me!
"Everything is wonderful, and every day the countryside is more beautiful, and I am bewitched by the country.
Here everything is beautiful and the weather is superb", wrote Claude Monet in 1884 to his friend and gallery owner Durand-Ruel.
Claude Monet had been in the Italian Riviera for nearly three months. He arrived on January the 18th,1884 and left on April the 3rd.
During this period he made 38 paintings.
These 79 days, represented for Monet, an inexhaustible source of inspiration, and for the “Italian Riviera” the memory of an indelible passage, made eternal by the paintings in which the artist painted the medieval villages he visited in those memorable days for him:
“We have made a wonderful excursion. We left in a carriage early and we reached an extraordinarily picturesque village. I was intent to return to my hotel on foot along a hill ... unfortunately I will never tell the wonders I saw during the return through the paintings because of the difficulties that I should face to return to paint”.
In this case, Monet was wrong, because his memory convinced him to leave an imprint and, the painting “The bridge and the castle of Dolceacqua”, remains one of the most celebrated in the history of Impressionism.
Today a traveler, following in the footsteps of Monet, would remain struck by one circumstance: the world which had impressed the imagination and the heart of Claude Monet, had not changed.
Monet was entranced by the “blue sea”, the exotic palms and the exuberant vegetation.
Maybe too much: “I would like to make oranges and lemons that stand out against the blue sea, I cannot find them as I want. As for the blue of the sea and the sky ... it is impossible”.
Hi, my name is Ruggero Ruggieri and I was born and have lived in the beautiful Italian Riviera, Alassio, all my life. I'm fluent in English, and I will be your tutor and guide in these Workshops. I will lead you to know and paint magnificent places full of light, history, traditions, cuisine and wines.
I have been "a teacher" all my life, at a very young age I taught as a swimming instructor and presently I am a computer science tutor for private Companies and high schools. I am a graphic designer, software and Web developer (the web site you are browsing has been made by myself).
I love painting, especially the work of "Impressionists". I am passionate about travelling all over the world and meeting new people. I am "a traveller", not really "a tourist". I love history, archeology, adventures and cooking.
As an artist I am known for my passion to experiment with new colour effects, and combine them in an original and balanced way. My use of light and colour complement each other and seek chromaticism.
I began my love of painting at a young age when I won an art competition for all school pupils, aged 12 years old. The painting was of a carafe and two glasses in watercolor. My family weren’t surprised about my success as the passion of art ran in my veins, as my grandfather’s two brothers were art restorers in churches.
I knew all my life I had the ability to paint. I retold the story of the painting competition at school to my wife and, as a birthday present, she brought me some oil colours, a small easel, one brush and a palette knife. So the journey continued ...