Lucky You {Lucky Me}

I just got a call from my friend Laura that is helping me put together The Living Studio {Lake Como}.

She had some really awesome news to share and I can’t wait to pass it along to you.

The hotel in Bellagio let her know that they had one more room open up and that means that our SOLD OUT retreat now has room for two more!

I know there were many of you that were disappointed that the retreat sold out in a week and you didn’t have more time to figure out the details.

I hope this will be the right timing for two lucky people that want to explore Lake Como and create art in the midst of the history and beauty of this area.

Here is a little more information about the retreat if you are seeing the concept behind The Living Studio for the first time.

Contact Laura right away if you are interested!

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Do you remember when I first told you about my idea for The Living Studio {city art walks around the world}?

“I wanted each retreat to be one of a kind.

Each city has a heartbeat all its own and I wanted to hear it and share it.

I wanted the retreat to revolve around the exhibits, some of the best food a city has to offer, finding the perfect cafe, creating art each day inspired by the art we experience and exploring based upon the city.”

It has been so much my desire to create creative retreats, day trips and community groups that get you out into your town, city, world…and make art!

Last summer I had the honor of teaching for Laura McCollough in Bellagio, Italy.

This area of Italy stole my heart and I have dreamed of going back.

I am so giddy to tell you that Laura and I have collaborated to bring you the first The Living Studio {Lake Como}.

Join us June 21-28th as we explore Italy and create art.

Our week will be the perfect combination of excursions, art and time to explore.

Bellagio and the other villages along the lake are some of the most gorgeous places I have ever seen.

The water, the villages, the mountains, the history, the architecture, the foods and the sweet smell of flowers fill the air.

Your retreat will begin with being picked up at the airport in Milan for a beautiful ride to Bellagio.

Once you get there you will get settled into your apartment at Villa Serbelloni and have time to relax.

We will all meet together on the pergola overlooking Lake Como for a welcome and dinner.

Your evening will end with the annual torchlight celebration.

This is only the beginning.

Imagine waking up and making your way to the Villa Serbolloni for the best cappuccino (I have to have at least one each morning).

Your days may include lunch by the pool, a hike to a nearby castle in Varenna or an art museum in Como.

You may find yourself sketching an old church or learning to sculpt with paper clay.

How about an afternoon kayaking on Lake Como and stopping for gelato later in the day?

You will spend hours exploring small alleyways and and cobblestone streets.

Enjoy Italian dinners overlooking the waters, mountains and islands along the lake.

You will enjoy a tour of the lake in a vintage boat, exploring a villa and lunch with peach sorbet that will make you cry it is so good:-)

You will take a cooking class that will connect you to this region and let you connect your trip with those you love once you return home.

You will be inspired by the sites, sounds, smells and tastes of the region.

You will never just sit in a room and make art.

You will make art in the town, at a cafe, with your friends on the balcony outside your apartment or in the park.

You only need to bring your clothes and leave room for the treasures and art supplies you will bring home.

All of your art supplies will be provided.

Each day that we will do art you will receive new art supplies for the day.

You will also be given prompts that you can use if you choose to be open to the art all around you throughout the villages.

Our hope is that this will not just be a retreat…it will be opening up your heart and mind to creating your studio wherever you go.

The cost of The Living Studio {Lake Como} is $2,949.

What is included:

  • 7 nights lodging at L’Ulivo Apartments at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy (triple occupancy)
  • Transfer to and from the airport to Bellagio
  • 5 dinners in and around Lake Como
  • 4 lunches in and around Lake Como
  • 2 Breakfasts enjoyed on the apartment balcony
  • Art classes in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Como
  • Cooking class with a local chef
  • Lake and Villa Tour
  • Opening night reception on the gorgeous pergola overlooking Lake Como 
  • Excursions around the lake
  • Art supplies and prompts
  • Hiking to the castle on Varenna and kayaking on Lake Como
  • Snacks and gift bag in each apartment
  • Taxi’s and Ferry’s to and from provided dinners and excursions on itinerary
  • Hotel and Room Taxes
  • Live music nightly in the Music Room
  • Some AMAZING SURPRISES… 
  • Plus time to relax by the pool or sit at the waters edge
  • Time to stroll the streets, have some Gelato or shop
  • Plenty of opportunities to explore the lovely towns of Lake Como
  • An UNFORGETTABLE experience you will carry with you forever!

* Tuition does not include airfare

For more information and to register click HERE.

I can’t wait to explore and create with you in Italy!

{if you have ANY questions please email me and I would love to answer them}

The Living Studio {Lake Como}

**SOLD OUT**

Do you remember when I first told you about my idea for The Living Studio {city art walks around the world}?

“I wanted each retreat to be one of a kind.

Each city has a heartbeat all its own and I wanted to hear it and share it.

I wanted the retreat to revolve around the exhibits, some of the best food a city has to offer, finding the perfect cafe, creating art each day inspired by the art we experience and exploring based upon the city.”

It has been so much my desire to create creative retreats, day trips and community groups that get you out into your town, city, world…and make art!

Last summer I had the honor of teaching for Laura McCollough in Bellagio, Italy.

This area of Italy stole my heart and I have dreamed of going back.

I am so giddy to tell you that Laura and I have collaborated to bring you the first The Living Studio {Lake Como}.

Join us June 21-28th as we explore Italy and create art.

Our week will be the perfect combination of excursions, art and time to explore.

Bellagio and the other villages along the lake are some of the most gorgeous places I have ever seen.

The water, the villages, the mountains, the history, the architecture, the foods and the sweet smell of flowers fill the air.

Your retreat will begin with being picked up at the airport in Milan for a beautiful ride to Bellagio.

Once you get there you will get settled into your apartment at Villa Serbelloni and have time to relax.

We will all meet together on the pergola overlooking Lake Como for a welcome and dinner.

Your evening will end with the annual torchlight celebration.

This is only the beginning.

Imagine waking up and making your way to the Villa Serbolloni for the best cappuccino (I have to have at least one each morning).

Your days may include lunch by the pool, a hike to a nearby castle in Varenna or an art museum in Como.

You may find yourself sketching an old church or learning to sculpt with paper clay.

How about an afternoon kayaking on Lake Como and stopping for gelato later in the day?

You will spend hours exploring small alleyways and and cobblestone streets.

Enjoy Italian dinners overlooking the waters, mountains and islands along the lake.

You will enjoy a tour of the lake in a vintage boat, exploring a villa and lunch with peach sorbet that will make you cry it is so good:-)

You will take a cooking class that will connect you to this region and let you connect your trip with those you love once you return home.

You will be inspired by the sites, sounds, smells and tastes of the region.

You will never just sit in a room and make art.

You will make art in the town, at a cafe, with your friends on the balcony outside your apartment or in the park.

You only need to bring your clothes and leave room for the treasures and art supplies you will bring home.

All of your art supplies will be provided.

Each day that we will do art you will receive new art supplies for the day.

You will also be given prompts that you can use if you choose to be open to the art all around you throughout the villages.

Our hope is that this will not just be a retreat…it will be opening up your heart and mind to creating your studio wherever you go.

The cost of The Living Studio {Lake Como} is $2,949.

What is included:

  • 7 nights lodging at L’Ulivo Apartments at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy (triple occupancy)
  • Transfer to and from the airport to Bellagio
  • 5 dinners in and around Lake Como
  • 4 lunches in and around Lake Como
  • 2 Breakfasts enjoyed on the apartment balcony
  • Art classes in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Como
  • Cooking class with a local chef
  • Lake and Villa Tour
  • Opening night reception on the gorgeous pergola overlooking Lake Como 
  • Excursions around the lake
  • Art supplies and prompts
  • Hiking to the castle on Varenna and kayaking on Lake Como
  • Snacks and gift bag in each apartment
  • Taxi’s and Ferry’s to and from provided dinners and excursions on itinerary
  • Hotel and Room Taxes
  • Live music nightly in the Music Room
  • Some AMAZING SURPRISES… 
  • Plus time to relax by the pool or sit at the waters edge
  • Time to stroll the streets, have some Gelato or shop
  • Plenty of opportunities to explore the lovely towns of Lake Como
  • An UNFORGETTABLE experience you will carry with you forever!

* Tuition does not include airfare

For more information and to register click HERE.

I can’t wait to explore and create with you in Italy!

{if you have ANY questions please email me and I would love to answer them}

Italy {Bellagio and Off To Florence}

I have loved looking through my Italy Instagram photos for these posts.

I didn’t pick up my camera very often and I have to admit that using mainly my phone made me enjoy the moments more.

I want to make a book with all of the Italy Instagram photos and I will let you know what company I go with (and how it turns out).

We are now on days 5, 6, 7 and 8.

You can read about the previous days HERE and HERE.

On day 5 Kelly and I started it with a cappuccino in the beautiful breakfast room of the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni.

I loved that we had our own routine and even the waiters knew us each morning.

Teresa Collins taught a scrapbook journal class and I later taught a painting class.

It was a full day of creating!

After class Kelly and I headed to the pool for a few hours before we met up with everyone at dinner.

We had a beautiful meal on the patio of Restaurante Bilacus.

{on Instagram everyone teased that this looked like a scene from a soap opera}

As you can tell our group got along VERY well!

The next morning we all met bright and early for a day excursion to Como.

I enjoy the smaller villages around the lake more than the larger city of Como but it was full of beautiful images that I couldn’t stop wanting to capture.

{I even found an art supply shop}

I stopped to see George on our way back to Bellagio and he sends his love:-)

I was so tired from the day of walking all over Como and then the long ferry ride put me right to sleep.

Once we arrived back in Bellagio we were enjoying an afternoon rain.

That evening I had an amazing dinner all alone with my boyfriend.

It was so nice to have the quiet of the evening together to just talk about this incredible area and our dreams to come back with our children.

The next day started off with the last class by Teresa Collins and the afternoon was spent at the beach.

I still can’t believe I captured this photo of Kelly diving into Lake Como.

This has to be framed and saved forever!

You couldn’t have paid me to dive into water where I can’t see the bottom.

Creeps!

The grand finale of the retreat was dinner at Mistral.

Every thing was so beautifully presented and the ice cream make using liquid nitrogen was awesome!

As cappuccinos were being served they asked us to come outside for a surprise.

We all made our way to the pergola overlooking Lake Como.

Waiting for us was the men’s choir of Bellagio and they gave us a concert in Italian.

It was the perfect ending to one of the most incredible experiences.

That night as we climbed into bed it was sad to know that it was over.

We were also excited though because the next morning a new adventure would begin for just the two of us….

We were off to Florence!

{Registration is now open for Laura’s retreat next year along Lake Como}