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Hi, my name is Ruggero Ruggieri. I am the author of these oil paintings and have showcased my works in The Sala Carletti, which is the headquarters of the Association Vecchia Alassio and Le Cafe des Artistes, Pietra Ligure, Italy.
As an artist I known for my passion to experiment with new colour effects, and combines them in an original and balanced way. My use of light and colour complement each other and seek chromaticism.
I began at a young age when I won a painting competition, among all students at school, aged 12 years old. The painting was of a carafe and two glasses in watercolor. Not surprising to my family as the passion of art ran in my veins, my grandfather’s two brothers were art restorers in churches.
I knew all my life I could be able to paint. I retold the story of the painting competition at school to my wife and, as a birthday present, she brought me some oil colours, a small easel, one brush and a palette knife. So the journey continued ...
I spent my life living and working in the Ligurian Riviera and, recently, I retired from being a software and website developer and teacher of computer science in high schools.
I love painting art, especially the work of "Ipressionists". I'm fluent in Italian and English. I love travelling all over the world and meeting new people. I am "a traveller", not really "a tourist" (touristic village resorts are not for me). I love history, archeology and adventures. I manage in cooking as well (many friends tell me I should have started my own restaurant).
My passion for painting art has inspired me to offer a 7 days “Plein air” workshop within this magical location, retracing the footsteps of Monet.
Visit the unique painting sites of: Alassio, Laigueglia, Albenga, Villanova d’Albenga, Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena, Cervo, Finalborgo, Varigotti, Noli and Zuccarello.
Tour and paint the medieval towns and villages in the surrounding areas; visit bustling resorts and historic sites. Lose yourself in breathtaking seaside and blooming hillside scenery; share your experiences with other artists over aperitifs, and finish the day with a fantastic gourmet dinner, in a typical Ligurian restaurant.
Together we will capture the light of seascapes and hillside landscapes in brilliant colour at this beautiful getaway location. Experience excursions of interest; taste memorable meals in the peace and serenity of the Ligurian Riviera. We will paint, relax, shop, eat, all at your own pace.
Level of experience: All levels of experience are welcome. If you are beginner, I will help you and teach all fundamentals of painting. Non painters are also welcome.
What to take with you for painting: your country easel, your favourite colors and medium, your favourite brushes or palette knives. If you own someting like this you have all in one! I will provide solvent and towels for you.
Climate: You are welcome to visit any time of the year. The coldest months (not recommended for painting on open air) are from December to March. From July 10th until August 20th the weather is extremely hot and very crowded. April, May, June, September and October are fantastic! http://www.holiday-weather.com/alassio/averages
Airports: Alassio is situated between Nice and Genoa airports (the flight is NOT included in the price).
Accommodation: Is situated in Alassio town and you can choose from a five, four or even three star hotel. Choose from Booking.com.
What’s included: round trip transport from the airports, seven night’s lodging (single or shared occupancy), seven breakfasts, six dinners, transport and excursions to unique painting sites, basic beverage and sandwiches during painting time.Contact me!
"Everything is wonderful, and every day the countryside is more beautiful, and I am bewitched by the country.
Here everything is beautiful and the weather is superb", wrote Claude Monet in 1884 to his friend and gallery owner Durand-Ruel.
Claude Monet had been in the Italian Riviera for nearly three months. He arrived on January the 18th,1884 and left on April the 3rd.
During this period he made 38 paintings.
These 79 days, represented for Monet, an inexhaustible source of inspiration, and for the “Riviera dei Fiori” the memory of an indelible passage, made eternal by the paintings in which the artist painted the medieval villages he visited in those memorable days for him:
“We have made a wonderful excursion. We left in a carriage early and we reached an extraordinarily picturesque village. I was intent to return to my hotel on foot along a hill ... unfortunately I will never tell the wonders I saw during the return through the paintings because of the difficulties that I should face to return to paint”.
In this case, Monet was wrong, because his memory convinced him to leave an imprint and, the painting "The bridge and the castle of Dolceacqua", remains one of the most celebrated in the history of Impressionism.
Today a traveler, following in the footsteps of Monet, would remain struck by one circumstance: the world which had impressed the imagination and the heart of Claude Monet, had not changed. .
Monet was entranced by the "blue sea", the exotic palms and the exuberant vegetation.
Maybe too much: “I would like to make oranges and lemons that stand out against the blue sea, I cannot find them as I want. As for the blue of the sea and the sky ... it is impossible”.