Studio One – Big Sur is the online home of Erin Lee Gafill and Tom Birmingham. Together we produce original artwork and provide inspirational instruction in person and online.
See Italy as an Artist – 2018
Venice and Florence – September 29 to October 4
Spannocchia – October 4 – 11
Venice | Florence | Tenuta di Spannocchia | Siena | Tuscan Hill Towns
Sketch | Watercolor | Journaling | Photography | Tuscan Cuisine | Yoga
with Erin Lee Gafill & Tom Birmingham
We’ll start with three days in Venice, staying in a quiet spot, still near Piazza San Marcos. We’ll sketch the canals and Villas of Venice, eat at local trattoria, visit the Doge’s Palace, the Duomo, Murano, and Burano.
We’ll take a high-speed train to Florence, where we’ll spend two nights near the Historic Center. We’ll visit some of our favorite spots.
Our week at Spannocchia includes scheduled sessions in daily writing, sketch, watercolor, yoga, Tuscan cuisine, and photography. Join a small group of kindred spirits and develop the creative habits that can change your life.
Erin Lee Gafill & Tom Birmingham are artists living and working in Big Sur, California. Together they create original work and produce classes, workshop, educational travel and online lessons to inspire a life in the arts.
Porcini mushrooms are a delicious reason to visit Italy in the autumn. I love visiting Italy during harvest time. There are plenty of fresh vegetables. The vineyards are harvesting grapes. But most importantly, there are fresh porcini. Sometime mid-autumn, after the rain comes, mushroom hunters can be seen around Tuscany parking their trucks and heading …
Getting coffee in Italy is easy. There are usually coffee spots in every block. Of course, coffee in Italy is different from coffee in the USA. In Italy you never get a bottomless cup of drip coffee as is most common in the states. All the coffee comes out of an espresso machine. The coffees …
We only spent one day in Orvieto, but most of the day we spent sketching. We spent a couple of hours in the Duomo, had lunch, then sat on a back street cafe for our last sketch session. Sketching enhances you trip in three ways – First, it causes you to pause, to take the …
Erin Lee Gafill and Tom Birmingham live and work in Big Sur, California. Contact us if you would like to visit.