The amazing Indiana Plein Air Painters, led (somewhat) by the indefatigable Frank Downton, just departed from La Romita with cases full….FULL…of paintings. They are one of the most prolific and talented bunches ever to grace our studio. They are also warm and funny and incredibly cosmopolitan for a group with hometowns with names like Noblesville, Martinsville, and Crawfordsville.

Here are a couple of photos:


Frank and some of the gang on a three mile hike to a special country piazza...

thinking outside the shutters…


thinking outside the shutters...


an abundance of creativity...

Now Benno Philippson, artist, architect, and sketchbook maestro, has brought his Portland based followers…along with some Coloradans, Californians, Texans, Jerseyites, Marylanders, and….well, you get the idea. They’ve already visited Orvieto and the hidden jewel, Valle San Martino….pictured here:

Valle di San Martino

Valle di San Martino

tante belle cose,


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