Ciao from Roma! We spent this evening walking through Rome in the rain, the shadows and reflections of this ancient city bounced back at us on the glistening cobbles, as we passed boutiques and wine bars, music and light pouring out of the wine bars. This morning we walked over to Vatican City, and yesterday it was the Colosseum, Pantheon, Forum, and fountains and piazzas too many to recall. What a great city, and a high note to end on. We’ve been on the road for almost 2 months and only now feeling like we’ve found our groove so completely that the idea of home has been reduced to just the two of us, and we take that wherever we go. A couple could get used to this kind of nomadism.
I could also get used to the kind of workshop I did in Venice a couple weeks ago, which is why I went to Florence and came to Rome, to see if these cities are places in which I might like to teach. They are. So much. Details aren’t remotely ready, and I’m not announcing anything just yet, but I am planning 3 one-week intensive workshops next fall in Italy, one in each city: Venice, Florence, and Rome. The workshops will be designed, as my Venice workshop was, to thrust you into a new city and out of your comfort zone. They’ll be created to get you to work on an intentional body of work in a very small group of four peers (that is, there will be only 4 people in the workshop, this isn’t one of those awkard group-activities), and they’ll be by application only. If you’re interested in being the first on the mailing list, leave a comment on this blog post and be sure you leave your email address in the field for that. When the new workshop dates and format are announced, we’ll drop you a line.
One more thing. If you’ve seen this on my Facebook page, forgive the duplication. On November 27 and 28 Craft & Vision is going to have one of those Black Friday sales. Everything will be 50% off. All ebooks, all videos, presets, and even my print book, SEVEN, thought there are only a few of those left. I’m of mixed emotions about being part of the culture of “buy now, buy now!” but we’ll be contributing 20% of our profits to the Red Cross in support of their appeal on behalf of Syrian refugees. There’s so much talk lately about this crisis, so much of it heartbreaking and fearful and I don’t want to be a part of that. We stand on the side of the widows and orphans and the homeless and will not allow politics, religion, or fear-mongering to stand in the way of compassion, and this sale is a chance for us, as a company, to do something more than talk about that. Thanks in advance for your support.
See you when I get back to Canada.