Picture perfect landscapes provide an idyllic setting in which to paint, and miles of shoreline, mountainous trails and medieval streets to explore
At the foot of the Dinaric Mountains, where the Adriatic Sea meets these towering rocks above, we find the Bay of Kotor. Sometimes referred to as the southern-most fjord in Europe, this medieval town is nestled into the landscaped and is as picturesque and captivating as its surroundings.
Dating back to antiquity, this town is dotted with Venetian fortifications, Orthodox churches and the stunning Cathedral of Saint Tryphon. Whether you’re painting or walking this tour is truly inspiring.
Upon arrival in Dubrovnik, we then depart for Kotor where we have dinner.
We capture the beautiful churches, charming lanes and stunning waterfront scenes today in the walled Venetian town of Kotor. This town bridges the gap between dramatically historic and vibrantly modern, and is simply glorious.
Today we follow the Vrmac peninsula to the pretty village of Stoliv. After a stop here, we continue inland to the peaceful area of Gornja Lastva with its small church and quaint lanes shaded by mulberry trees.
Climbing high into the mountains, we reach the unique Lake Vardar with its ancient fishing customs. The waterfronts and boats here make for marvellous subjects and we are treated to a relaxing trip on the water.
Explore this area at leisure today. Walk around ancient Kotor, go for a swim or do a little shopping. Perhaps you might like to take an excursion to nearby Budva, a town in Montenegro known for its idyllic beaches and atmospheric Old Town.
Our excursion today is by boat to the picturesque Gospa od Skrpjela, which is also known as Our Lady of the Rocks. An artificial island with a small church, which boasts an impressive interior. We paint the church, the lovely jetty and views back across the shimmering seas to Perast.
We have an early departure this morning, where we depart for our flights home.
David has followed careers in both the musical and visual arts since leaving art college, working as a professional painter for the last 30 years. A past President of the Royal Watercolour Society and an inveterate traveller and author, he constantly tries new approaches to keep his painting fresh. Generous with his knowledge, David believes that it’s never too late to start painting and drawing and encourages people to have a go – ‘when you create, you have to risk being bad’. For David, the act of looking and seeing is more important than the accumulation of ‘painters’ tricks’.
Our hotel is located in the charming walled town of Kotor, perfectly situated between imposing mountains and the corner of Kotor Bay. This is a truly fantastic location to walk around and explore and it will also provide us with a myriad of breathtaking backdrops for our painting sessions.