Welcome to my blog about my ‘Painting in Paradise Art Retreat’ at Lily Lane Villas in Bali. http://www.lilylanevillas.com
I had been thinking about running an art retreat for quite some time as an extension of my studio art classes. Little did I know my cousin Jill was thinking the same thing, until she contacted me a while ago to ask if I was interested in running an art retreat at her Villas in Ubud. Jill followed my Painting in Italy blog and thought, ‘why not in Bali?’ I answered immediately with yes please.
Since then there has been a lot of communication and several meetings to organise the program. I said to Jill even if there is only one student I will still go and hopefully the word will spread and next year there will be more. We decided to have a limit of ten students so that I can give individual attention to everyone and ensure that they have a special experience.
I have been on many art tours over the years and they can be pretty intensive and challenging and sometimes even stressful, especially for beginning, budding artists. I had an idea of what my ideal art retreat would look like.
So I set about planning with that in mind.
My aim is to give my students an opportunity to experiment with a range of mediums and painting styles, to learn new skills in a supportive environment and to relax and enjoy themselves. Also thrown in for added enjoyment is massages, jewellery making, cooking, visits to art shops and galleries and many opportunities for street sketching. Not to mention the gorgeous accommodation at Lily Lane with its individual villas and swimming pools.
I was amazed at the response to our ‘Painting in Paradise Retreat Program’ that started out with small beginnings. We are now fully booked, with students coming from Western Australia, Queensland, and Victoria. I am thrilled and grateful to the people that have believed in us and have come along to share this wonderful experience together.
At the moment I am sitting on the plane along with 4 students and will be joined over the next few days by the rest of the participants. Some partners have come along too and they plan to spend their days riding motorcycles through the paddy fields and mountains of Ubud.
Once we arrive at the airport we will be met by our lovely host Jill who is going to whisk us away to a wonderful art shop in town. I know I will be like a ‘kid in a lolly shop’. We will then make our way up the mountain to Ubud,where we will settle in, probably have a celebratory drink and a swim.
The next few days for me will involve setting up the studio and checking out sketching sites around the area. For the others, they will have time to wind down and settle in before the program starts on Sunday night.
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Love from Lisa at the Lane. X