Thursday, January 28, 2010


I am delighted to have been asked to tutor on this exciting art holiday in September in the SOUTH WEST OF FRANCE - Saturday 11th to Saturday18th September 2010.
It promises to be a very special and inspirational week
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Monday, January 11, 2010

Cultural Holiday in Montecatini, Tuscany

In April 2009 I visited Montacatini to find just the right place to meet my criteria -namely a small comfortable Italian owned hotel, with character , friendly service and excellent food and wine in the heart of Tuscany in which to base a relaxing painting and cultural holiday. I found La Pia Hotel run by Maria and her family. This is the unique holiday experience I have come up with . All of these images are photos taken by me during the trip last year.

Anyone interested in an all inclusive holiday with like minded people ?-
Want to do some painting with the benefit of advice from a tutor? Enjoy viewing world famous masterpieces ? Long to bask in the Tuscan sunshine?
If the answer is yes to the above , this Italian experience will suit you. A unique holiday in Montecatini , including trips to visit Florence and Sienna, from Wednesday 18th August to Weds 25th.2010.

The itinerary
Wednesday 18th August. Arrival at Pisa Airport where you will be met by our courier and taken to your hotel La Pia by bus. Meet your tutor Trudi Doyle for an informal introduction to painting outdoors , dinner at Hotel
Thursday, 19th Aug. Montecatini Terme (morning) A guided tour of
Montecatini and the Tettuccio spa building with welcome drink in the historical cafe, s
ituated inside the Tettuccio building. Dinner at the hotel.
Friday, 20thAug - . Painting day with artist Trudi Doyle in Buggiano and Massa , two beautiful medieval villages by bus. . Dinner at the hotel
Saturday 21st Aug. Florence - Departure f
or Florence by train with our courier .You will be met by the English speaking local guide of Florence at the Uffizi Gallery. Guided visit of the Uffizi gallery in the morning. Lunch break. Guided visit of the historic centre in the afternoon. Dinner at the hotel.
Sunday 22ndAug. Painting day tutored by Trudi Doyle / Free day, your choice . Dinner at the hotel.
Monday, 23rd Aug. Free day or optional excursion to Sienna. Dinner at the hotel.
Tuesday, 24th Aug. Free day
/ shopping / sightseeing / relaxing -or painting day tutored by Trudi Doyle your choice. Dinner at the hotel.
Wednesday 25th Aug. Departure day - transport to Pisa airport by bus.

Deposit of €200 will secure your place on this wonderful holiday in Italy . Contact me - - for booking / inquiries . 10 places available .

The cost of the Holiday €875 per person -great value in high season ( no single supplement) €50 reduction for artists or non painting partners ( not needing tuition )
Holiday includes:
Seven nights Half Board accomodation at La Pia Hotel
, Montecatini , all rooms en suite and air conditioned , (breakfast buffet and evening meal with wine or soft drink included each day , breakfast on last day )
Transfers by bus or taxi to/from Pisa airport
(Luggage service & courier on arrival included ).
A local guide (2 hours and half) in Montecatini plus entrance ticket for Tettuccio spa building & welcome drink.

Bus or taxi (full day) for a painting day excursion to 2 Medieval villages Buggiano & Massa
Full day Excursion Train ticket for Florence and
ticket & reservation for Uffizi gallery plus guide, Local guide and courier in historic Florence ( afternoon)
Painting tuition with Trudi Doyle .( view her paintings on ).

Parking fee for the bus or taxi.
Use of fold up-artist- chair.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Today I am remembering the trip I took to Montacatini in Tuscany last April to explore the possibility of arranging a holiday for lovers of art and Italy. I stayed in La Pia Hotel run by lovely Maria and her brother and was well pleased with everything, here are some photos.

Maria took me to explore some of the medeival villages in the area; Buggiano and Massa where I hope to go for painting days . On a leisurely stroll around I saw a host of subjects to sketch and paint; hazy vistas, ancient doorways , shuttered windows; elegant villas and ramshackle old sheds !
The holiday is arranged for next August from Wednesday 18th to Wednesday 25th and will suit painting beginners who want to learn some simple painting and sketching techniques, for those who have some experience and for lovers of art and Italy.
We fly into Pisa and will also visit Florence and the Uffitzi Gallery to see the breathtaking masterpieces including the Boticellis - and also take a trip to Sienna or Lucca.

Keep following this blog for more details or contact me at

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Tree of Life painting

Images of me working on my most recent painting "Tree of Life". Its Acrylic on Canvas,

I painted the same image in
ercolour early in 2009

This is the finished work.
"Tree of Life "

Painting weekends Ireland


at Bunbury Art Studio Ballyconnell Tullow Co Carlow Ireland

Fees reduced to 2003 prices

1. WATERCOLOURS with Trudi Doyle
2 days €140 or 1 day €70

- Sunday 2nd & Mon 3rd (bank holiday)

Sat 10th & Sun 11th

OCTOBER Sat. 16th & Sun 17th

2.OIL PAINTING with Pat Maher 2 days €150

MAY - Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th

SEPTEMBER— Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th

3. ALL NEW -ART SAMPLE DAYS with Trudi Doyle 1 day €55 Materials supplied Drawing & a good basic introduction to Watercolours or Acrylics

MAY - Sunday 30th 10 places

JULY Sunday 25th 10 places

OCTOBER 3rd 10 places

4.VIBRANT WATERCOLOURS with Trudi Doyle 2 days €140

JULY - Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th

AUGUST Sunday 1st & Mon 2nd (bank holiday)

5. ACRYLICS with Trudi Doyle 2 days €140

JUNE Sunday 6th & Mon 7th (bank holiday)

SEPTEMBER - Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th

6. DRAWING DAYS tutor Trudi Doyle €55

MAY Saturday 29th

JULY Saturday 24th


JULY Tues 7th Wed 8th &Thurs 9th €50

10% off all bookings for 2 day courses before April 1st 2010

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