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"Treasures of Tuscany" April 2009 "From our first encounter with you at the train station in Rome to our last meal with you, you have been such a wonderful host. You have helped us experience Cortona in a way we never could have on our own. We hope to see you again sometime in the future..." J&J Crow
"Treasures of Tuscany" April 2009 CIAO!
I must say the trip to Italy was even better than I dreamed it would be; thanks to your planning and knowledge of Tuscany. The oil painting workshop, lead by Carrie was a real treat as well, we had so much fun but managed to learn a lot too!
You did a marvelous job, your ability to get us to the most beautiful scenery to paint, and the best of the best restaurants to dine in, and those crazy taxi rides with Albino and Alexio, our drivers, and the impromptu Italian lessons, what a hoot. Thank You so much for a wonderful vacation and memories to last a lifetime (not to mention the photos to last a lifetime as well)!!!
We will think of you as we paint from all of our reference photos!
Terry Korom, Akron, Ohio
"Painting the Tuscan Sun" June 2007 Hi Patrick, I want to thank you for making the stay in Italy the best travel experience I've ever had. Everything was so well coordinated - from the train rides, taxi rides, lunches, dinners, painting times, etc. Our group was so friendly and congenial too, and Lori is such a good teacher, as well as a wonderful person, as is her husband Mark. I think Cortona is just about the most beautiful place I'v ever been to, and can see why you want to live there. Wanda and I look back on our time there with fondest memories. Will forward some photos to you soon. Ciao! Eve "Assemblage and Encaustic Art in Tuscany"... We LOVED Cortona, Toscana Americana's course with Graceann, and having your friendship and guidance while there for the week. We couldn't have asked for anything more! Thank you again Patrick for having such a "fine" organization that allowed us to experience Italy at it's best! We are looking forward to Santorini already for next year! You will be hearing from us as 2007 progresses! Gretchen & Ray, USA 2006 Needless to say, I had a wonderful time in Cortona. Ray told me that he will now "see the world differently"- gotta love that. I think that fits in with both of our goals. Thank you again! Graceann Warn, Artist/Instructor September 2006 “Photographer’s Eye on Tuscany”…”…many, many thanks for a wonderful experience. You were a most gracious host - all of us enjoyed our time with you as well as the entire experience in Cortona.” Christopher Grey, Professional Photographer/Instructor July 2005 “We have returned home with such great memories of “Photographer’s Eye on Tuscany”, thanks in part to your attention to detail. More importantly, we learned much more than we expected! You were a gracious host and your many kindness did not go unappreciated.” Jim & Loy, Arizona, USA “I would like first to sincerely thank you for the great and unforgettable time I spent with you and the group, and I have to admit that I spent quality time, and I have learnt much…It was really great to know all of you in Italy, and I did not only benefit from the course, but I benefited from every single info I got from you… and it gave me great pleasure t get acquainted with the culture you are from.. as I was delighted to give you a glimpse of my culture and heritage which I cherish so much. Thank you again, and looking forward to hearing from you soon. Ahmad, Saudia Arabia “Collage in Cortona, the City of Art”… "To experience Italy for my first time through the workshops was great. Patrick is very accommodating and you can tell he loves to share his love for Italy and the arts. The classes are just a part of an experience that you will long remember. Everything was taken care of and done with the true spirit of Italy in mind. I can't think of anything negative to say except for the sadness I felt when I had to leave. Just plan to take advantage of everything the workshops and Italy have to offer and you will receive more than your money's worth! I am making plans to return and can't wait to see the smiling faces of the wonderful people I met through Patrick and Toscana Americana!" Veralin B., Phoeniz, AZ, USA “Thank you so much for the wonderful CD. The pictures are amazing!!! I've really enjoyed going through them all and seeing everyone again. The countryside photos are fabulous too and they bring Cortona, Florence and Siena right back to me… Good memories of a beautiful country, delicious food, and delightful people! Many thanks to all who contributed their photos for this CD and to Patrick for putting it all together and sending it out to us. Great job! “ Barbara, Southern California, USA “Just wanted to thank you for sending the photos. I had a really good time and I think a "leetle" piece of my heart will always be in Cortona.” Gloria, Florida, USA “Process of Illumination”… “Greetings, fellow travellers... I have been wanting to write a note to everyone, thanking them for a rich, wonderful, fun experience in Cortona. What a perfect group of good sports and eager artists. Patrick, thank you so much for providing the stage for all of us to dance on. Cheers”Lynne Perrellla Artist, Author/Instructor 2005 “I just received the cd with all the WONDERFUL shots of our workshop in Cortona, side trip to Siena, cooking class, etc. I have been sitting through the "slideshow" and chuckling; oohing and aahing; feeling so happy to have experienced it all; so sad that it is all over, and inspired to get back to work on my journal. The photos are terrific, and you are very kind to share them with all of us.I will rave about you, your hospitality, your choices for food and wine (in abundance!!), your careful attention to our needs before and during our stay, etcetera, etcetera, to all who might casually ask "how was your trip to Italy?" Then I will move on to the workshop itself, and give thanks and praise to Lynne for her inspiration, guidance and patience....all perhaps overworked words, but they really do sum it up for me. All in all: a great group, a great time and a great experience! Jennifer, Maine, USA “I have done a lot of travelling, but I think my week in Cortona is at the top of my list. I really don't know how to thank all of you for making it so special!” Bonnie, Chicago, Illinois, USA “…I must say I couldn't agree with you more, Cortona is definitely at the top of my list. The beauty of the country side, the delicious food, wonderful wine, but most of all the time spent with such a great group was more than I could have hoped for-it was truly an honor. The workshop was a wonderful experience that I would do all over again (as long as that included Patrick and Lynne doing the planning-and Ivan sending my packages…!”) Ruth, Maine, USA “… the company of each of you could not be beat. And the food — ohmigod, the food was fabulous. Oh, and the wine — don’t get me started! All that plus doing art...” Janette, Boulder, Colorado, USA Watercolor Memories of Tuscany 2008 I want to thank you again for making my first out-of-the-country and plein air painting experience one that I will always remember! You were such great hosts! It made all the difference for me because it took a couple of days for me to adjust.... but I felt very, very comfortable and safe in Cortona! I definately hope to come back in 2010 (if finances permit). Italy is just so wonderful and because of your guidance and friendly nature....it was just the best! Linda Farmer Sept 2008
Digital Art in Tuscany 2008 Patrick, and Angela,
You did a wonderful job of providing for our needs and entertaining us the whole week during our Digital Stretch Workshop. You made it an memorable experience! I will never forget the time we had in Cortona. The wine tastings and meals were absolutely beyond my expectations. You have perfected the right balance of being available and leaving us on our own. I felt the 'cooking class' was an especially nice touch, we all enjoyed it immensely. Thank you again - for everything!
The scenery in and around Cortona speaks of times and ages past. I can certainly see why you would fall in love with this delightful place.
Wire Art Jewelry Intensive in Santorini, October 2008 "I wanted to take a quick moment and say how much I enjoyed the trip to Santorini. Can't think that a workshop with Sherilyn would have been better anywhere else!
So much of it had to do with what went on behind the scenes and you did a fantastic job! Thanks again for a marvelous experience." Dia Daniels, USA 2008