Art Vacation in the hills of Parma – taste the food, wine and vistas

Paint in the secret salt smugglers alcoves and 11th century villages

We are offering 3 or 5 day painting, pastel and drawing classes in the wonderful Apennine ranges Autumn and Spring 2011 2012. For more information contact Nick Garrett  @

Nick studied under Antony Eyton and Eaun Uglow at Camberwell School of art and is an accomplished artist having exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Portrait Society, South London Art Gallery, PICA (Perth) and Fremantle Art Centre in Western Australia.  Nick will take you through the essentials of preparing the canvas or panel, refining Renaissance and contemporary ground colours, setting out the pallet and mixing characteristics according to the light and the famous luminosity of Italy.

Your days will include:
Drawing at the Parmigiano Reggiano maker’s house
Walk in the hills – Painting in utopia

Drawing the rocky mines, masons villages and trails

The green hillside Pilgrims path

The hillside 11th cent hamlet

Gourmet Lunch – Food and wine tasting (Prosciutto di Parma, Culatello, Tortelli and Malvasia wines)
Painting the Castle and valley

It is a fabulous experience that can be tailored from 3 days to 5  or 7.  There is so much to see and paint!

For more info contact us @

Photo expeditions, drawing and painting with artist Nick Garrett

NEW – sentito chair

In every great piece of modern furniture there’s a Chippendale dying the get out!

Just tweaked up a design I saw in a monica khemsurov article – new base and reshape.

The classic Chippendal camel back sofa also has splay arms, but set inclining ergonomically higher.  Its seat is flatter with less rake.

Sentino relies on another dynamic: the seat rake to draw in the sitter to comfort position. The arms are lower yet offer a definate base for contrast cushions or rolls.  The height of the arm and width should vary according to US, AU or EU destination body type. Version 1.2 shows a raised arm version.