Castignano, Le Marche, Italy https://youtu.be/LDZTqKGv_s4Read more
Landscape Artist of the Year 2018 – Episode 3
Watch The Retreat's very own John Skelcher take part in Sky Arts' Landscape Artist of the Year 2018 Episode 3.
A retrospective of The Year
Carneval at Ascoli Piceno February: Ascoli Piceno Carnevale is an occassion not to be missed. A great event for big and small.Read more
Truffle Hunting Time at The Retreat
This year's truffle season has been off to a good start with plenty of rain and humid conditions to get this aromatic fungus growing on the grounds of The Retreat. Both the sought after White Truffle and the Black Autumn Truffle can be found in abundance in the grounds and woods surrounding the house. It…Read more
Getting ready for the Vineyard and Olive Grove course
Rustic bread with black olives, sundired tomatoes and rosemary. Simply delicious with any starter or main course or even just on it's own. Beautiful food is always served at The Retreat art workshop holiday in Italy.Read more
Painting in the Piazza
Painting at one of Italy's most beautiful square 'Piazza Arringo' in the Roman city of Ascoli Piceno with our June group inxluding Bill (Andorra), Clara (Singapore), Maria-Luisa (Chile), Brian & Alison (New Zealand) and sisters Patricia and Maureen (Australia). This course has not only been a lot of fun with such an international group but…Read more
13th-20th August Sunflower painting and Starry Night!
Just thought i would wet the appetites of any sunflower painting lover! here is a sample of photos taken today from fields surrounding the Le Marche Retreat! They are just perfect for painting and should hold on through until the 20th i hope!Read more
Painting tree’s in composition.
Hi again. This morning will see a continuation of the works on 3 paintings. A view from" Monte Falcone" is pretty much blocked in now. "The foothills of Monte Falone" is also pretty much blocked in. I am currently working on the foreground tree and sheep of course. I shall then proceed onto the ridge…Read more
Spring arriving at last
Spring is slow to arrive in Italy this year but sunny days mixed with a it of rain make for fantastic landscape images everywhere. Lush greens, cherry, peach and apple blossoms dotted aross the landscape make for stunning highlights.Read more
Christmas and New Year and plenty of Superstitions in Italy
Italians are known for their superstitions and the festive season is a perfect excuse for having a large helping of traditions centred around ancient believes to ensure a prosperous near year. [caption id="attachment_3728" align="alignleft" width="240"] Offida[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3729" align="alignleft" width="242"] Loreto[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3731" align="alignleft" width="225"] Ascoli Piceno[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3730" align="alignleft" width="241"] Light display[/caption] di …Read more