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.
The Life and Legacy of a California Artist by Erin Lee Gafill was first published in Alta Vista Magazine, Monterey Herald, November 28, 1993, and again in the California Historian Magazine, Conference of California Historical Societies, Volume 48, Number 4, Summer 2002. Gafill and her husband Tom Birmingham are currently working on a book about the …
Testaccio is a middle class Roman neighborhood located about a mile south of the Colosseum. It is off the tourist trail, so you won’t have the crowds of Americans you’ll find in the Historic Center, or wandering the streets of Trastevere. While you are out of the hubbub of some other neighborhoods, you can take …
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 …
Erin Lee Gafill and Tom Birmingham live and work in Big Sur, California. Contact us if you would like to visit.