Friday, February 10, 2017

Art in Tuscany Holiday Package 2017

Tuesday August 22nd to Tuesday 29th 2017

An all inclusive holiday  with like minded people in friendly La Pia hotel Montecatini  Tuscany   

Visit Italy and do some sketching and painting with  expert tuition and helpful advice in a relaxed friendly atmosphere 
  Visit quiet medieval villages and  experience the beauty and mystique of  the Tuscan countryside  at a leisurly pace.  
 Bask in the Tuscan sunshine, visit Pistoia  European city of culture 2017  and view spectacular art and architecture 
Enjoy dining on delicious freshly cooked dishes at a friendly Italian family run  hotel 

Montecatini Alta - Watercolo
                                                                                                        With Artist Trudi Doyle 

Painting day out with Trudi 

What is included -
1.Seven nights at La Pia Hotel Montecatini - 7 breakfast buffets and 7 delicious four course dinners with wine included  . All rooms ensuite. 
 2. Transfers to/from Pisa airport -( flights are not included)
3. Half day guided tour of Montecatini historical Spa and complimentary lunch. 
4.Two full day  mini bus excursions to paint/explore in  medieval villages including the charming  and historic fortress town of Montecarlo.
5. Train trip to Pistoia with guided tour  and free time to explore this historic and beautiful city.
 6. Professional guidance  and tuition to suit your requirements  from artist Trudi Doyle  with demonstrations.
7. Free  days with options to visit Florence by train / avail of Spa treatments and a swim or  travel via cable car to Montecatini Alto hill town.
Fee   -€875 

No Single supplment applies to all bookings 

The view from Montecatini Alta 
Painting the view  

The View 
Painting the view  

  Deposit of €400 secures a place. Balance payable by July 1st 2017   

Full Itinerary 2017

Day 1. Tuesday  22nd August    Arrival at Hotel .

Ryanair Flight  at 9.45  from Dublin  to Pisa FR 9908  arrives at 13.30. If you are travelling on this flight you will be met by a courier and taken to your hotel by taxi. Settle in to the hotel and meet informally with  fellow guests and your tutor You have the option to take part in a painting / sketching lesson with me (Trudi )  in the afternoon .
If you have the energy and inclination I will hold an optional short class with some  basic  techniques and hints and an introduction to painting outdoors and a demonstration  by the Hotel  fountain.
( When you book this holiday I will provide a list and advice on basic painting equipment for working outdoors.)
Delicious freshly cooked dinner menu at the hotel. 
 Day 2.  Wednesday 23rd August -  Montecatini  -
 Breakfast at hotel    Morning -To introduce you to  Montecatini  - After breakfast  we will have a guided half day tour of Montecatini and a visit to  Tettuccio spa  with its striking  art-nouveau architecture, enjoy the beauty of its interor and art galleries and a welcome drink and  complimentary snack  in the historical cafĂ©, situated inside the Tettuccio building .
 A painting / sketching lesson in the afternoon .
Another chance to recieve some  hints on painting outdoors  including a  demonstration  by the Hotel  fountain .
Over the week I will show you how to capture the beauty of a landscape in watercolour or acrylic. Whether you are a beginner or have experience this will be suitable for you as I will provide demonstrations and one-on-one feedback. As well as some fundamental tecniques of painting, my aim is to enhance your ability of see with an artist's eye and to understand the importance of a basic knowledge of tones,composition and colour perspective. 
Delicious freshly cooked dinner menu at the hotel.

Day 3   Thursday 24th  August -  Painting in Medieval villages
 There are many  beautiful medieval villages near Montecatini . We will travel by taxi  and spend the morning   painting, sketching or just relaxing or walking -  your choice -then travel on by taxi  to another venue where we have  lunch time  snack at a local cafe or restaurant. More time to relax sight see walk  paint or sketch .Fold up artist chairs provided.  The taxi will pick  us up later in the afternoon.  We will return to Montecatini for a siesta and freshen up before dinner at the hotel.
Painting this view  of Montecatini Alto 
The View 

Day 4. Friday 25th August  Montecarlo - fortress town 
Breakfast at hotel . Departure by taxi for Montecarlo  in the morning - a charming medieval village situated about 15 Km from Montecatini.
lunch al fresco at MonteCarlo 
At the fort 
Plenty of small shops and cafes, walks and interesting vistas and streets, Inspirational  views , buildings  nooks and crannies  and streetscapes .
Included -At 4:00 we have  an opportunity to visit  and explore the picturesque fortress where you can also paint if you wish .Return by Mini bus / taxi.  Dinner at the hotel.

Day 5  Saturday 26th August  Painting day/free day

Breakfast at hotel  Free day
 or painting  in Montecatini Alta –the historic  upper 
old town . A visit via cable car  with spectacular vistas and medieval streetscapes  should
 not be missed -  a painters paradise.
Have lunch in one of the charming cafes in the square - your choice – continue painting / go shopping  for quirky souvenirs , browse or just relax and people-watch in the cafes Dinner at Hotel
(OR Take the  day  to visit  the beautiful city of  FLORENCE - only a train trip away - this is a optional extra and can be arranged for you  if you choose when you arrive the Hotel 
 Also it is possible to arrange a Spa treatment and swim . )

 Day 6  Sunday  27th   August  Visit to  Pistoia 

 Breakfast at hotel.   Morning Departure by train for Pistoia. The guide will be waiting for us at the train station to take us to the historical centre, this will be my first visit to Pistoia which has has won the award of capital of the culture 2017 and I look forward to exploring it .Afternoon free to do your own thing – walk around visit  or trust your artist's instincts .... the best way to experience Pistoia  - its full of beautiful shops ,cafes,  art mueusms and  historic buildings  Meet up and return to Montecatini by train for the  delicious dinner menu at the hotel - choose your own time to return by train - (train tickets included )

Day 7  Monday  28th  Free day
   Breakfast at hotel 
Morning - Optional  Painting  in the piazza by the  Hotel fountain and Montecatini. Tuition from Trudi in your chosen media .

Departure day 8.   Tuesday 29th. August 
 Early Breakfast at hotel.   
Departure for Pisa airport ( if you are travelling back to Ireland ) by bus to arrive at  Pisa airport in time to check in for Ryanair  flight  to Dublin
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COST OF FULL PACKAG E  €875  per person  -(No single supplement ) 
-Included - Hotel -Breakfast and lavish evening meals with wine,  all Taxi/Mini bus trips and train trip to Pistoia. Professional  guidance in the painting medium  of your choice , Watercolours, Acrylics , Drawing  and on the spot plein air demonstrations and advice at all times if required. 

 REDUCTION €30   for non painting partners/ friends / family 
   You don't need to be a painter to enjoy this lovely relaxing holiday in Tuscany -all comers are welcome - join  us in the trips and do your own thing . 
To secure a place.* Deposit of €400  . Send a cheque to Trudi Doyle Ballyconnell, Tullow, Co Carlow  Please include postal address for a paper receipt also your  contact details (email and phone ) 
Also when booking please provide information on your painting medium of choice  and if required request advice on art materials and equipment to bring along.  

If you prefer to Book on line via email with Credit card - First contact to inquire and Trudi will invoice you via Pay Pal  

 or text Trudi 087 6658500 for more information.

Over the week I will show you how to capture the beauty of a landscape in watercolour or acrylic. Whether you are a beginner or have experience this will be suitable for you as I will provide demonstrations and one-on-one feedback. As well as some fundamental tecniques of painting, my aim is to enhance your ability of see with an artist's eye and to understand the importance of a basic knowledge of tones,composition and colour perspective. 

View from Montecarlo Tuscany watercolour
Olive grove Tuscany watercolour

"Vespa in Montecatini alto "

Comment from a happy painter
 "I am looking forward to joining Trudi Doyle on her Art Holiday to Tuscany - my third time in 7 years. It's a wonderful experience each time. I find inspiration in watching Trudi produce exquisite paintings "en plein air" and in the variety of the Tuscan scenery, mountains and villages with their timeless charm.
Trudi adapts her tuition and coaching to meet the needs of each student. The pace is relaxed and outings are well organised. The locals are friendly and welcoming. A nice cameraderie develops in the group, enhanced by sharing the gorgeous food provided for the evening meal by Maria in Hotel La Pia." Pauline Jones 
View from Montecarlo Tuscany watercolour by Trudi Doyle

Friday, December 9, 2016

Winter days December 2016

Its December the trees are bare and beautiful and the Christmas season is in full swing - time to venture forth to find some glossy green holly and ivy !

Sharp clear light and transformative frost on a December morning !

Two new seasonal Watercolours and heart shaped hand painted Gifts in my Etsy Shop !

"The Way Home "
Puchase this piece ?- Check my Etsy shop here
Winter deer

The Woods Are Lovely Dark and Deep
Watercolour "nowdrops in the Wind"

Blackbird's Winter Song

Wishing all a very happy festive season

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Trudi Doyle Art - New work in watercolour

 New work in watercolour 

What any true painting touches is an absence - an absence of which without the painting, we might be unaware. And that would be our loss.
― John Berger

Detail from "Conspiracy of Ravens" watercolour 

"Dreaming with Hares" watercolour by Trudi Doyle 
"The human imagination...has great difficulty in living strictly within the confines of a materialist practice or philosophy. It dreams, like a dog in its basket, of hares in the open ". John Berger

"Haroldstown Dolmen  " watercolour 

Detail from "Hare Memories - " watercolour 

"The Essence of Summer 1" watercolour 
"Bouquet Essence of Summer 3" watercolour
"Bouquet Essence of Summer 2" watercolour

"Haunted Dawn"watercolour

 " Boithrin Inisheer" 
 & "Resting Currachs Inisheer" 
watercolours by Trudi Doyle
Paintings completed en plein air during a painting holiday I organised on beautful Inisheer in the summer of 2013 - Ithey have been languishing in a folder ( with seversl others) ever since, waiting for their' moment ! They will be framed & on display in my exhibition in Butler House - Kilkenny Arts Festival 5th - 14th August 2016

Montbretia Inisheer -DETAIL
 "Wild Flower meadow  on IInisheer" watercolour

"Hare in a wild flower meadow  " watrecolour 

 For regular visitors to my Kilkenny Arts Festival  
 exhibitions I  moved from my usual space in the Club House hotel and returned to Butler House Patrick St.  for Kilkenny Arts Festval 2016. Exhibition  opened on Friday 5th August  until Sunday 14th