Taormina! Week Two of our Sicilian Painting Holiday.

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Whether you look up or down, Taormina is gorgeous. We had an easy travel day from Siracusa last Thursday as it’s only a few hours to Taormina. Upon arrival, one of the participants said “We’ve gone from the charming to the spectacular”. This is not a criticism of Siracusa. It’s a great city. Taormina, however, soars above the sea and spectacular is certainly not an understatement.

Friday was a free day except for a guided walking tour in the afternoon. One of the most important sites we visited is the Greek Theatre.

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It was back to work on Saturday. We walked to the local park and it was a perfect place to paint. The park was founded by Florence Trevelyan from the UK. Look her up! It’s a fascinating story.

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I set up for a demonstration and discussed foliage. Given our surroundings, it seemed like an appropriate subject. I had a little help with my demo, by the way.

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Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs

The group enjoyed the day very much. Aside from the lovely gardens, the park features Victorian follies and fabulous views of Mount Etna.

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Following a very pleasant day of sketching and painting, we headed back to our hotel for an outdoor critique.

Saturday Critique a

Saturday Critique a

Saturday Critique b

Saturday Critique b

We strolled up to a quiet piazza on Sunday morning. I demonstrated with a 1″ flat angled brush. It was a peaceful and lovely spot. We were minutes away from shops and restaurants but it felt like a private outdoor studio.

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs

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Our critique at the end of the day was enhanced by a glass of almond wine, a Sicilian specialty. It’s been a wonderful trip so far and there’s still lots of painting time ahead of us. Thanks for your comments and likes.

Sunday Critique a

Sunday Critique a

Sunday Critique b

Sunday Critique b

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6 Responses to “Taormina! Week Two of our Sicilian Painting Holiday.”

  1. Ruth and Eric Miller Says:

    Green with envy!

  2. HEATHER CLARKE Says:

    Hi Barry -greetings from Wexford Ireland where I’m leading an opera tour-in my wandering so today I stumbled upon an art store and they had the palettes you liked and were using in gibsons – I bought one for 4 euros – good price I think😊
    I like the angled paint ant water wells – so after saying I didn’t need another palette- I have one – and couldn’t find it in vancouver – go figure😳

    Looks like you having a good workshop -scenery is gorgeous – hope you are having fun as well.

    All the best – heather
    Sent from my iPad – Heather

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  3. Lois Says:

    Beautiful pic, and scenery.
    Lois

  4. weisserwatercolours Says:

    ….I somehow got myself VERY late to this colourful party–what great fun, and it is always yet more fun when having a kind and non-intrusive mentor to guide things creatively.

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