Kotor, Montenegro
Kotor, Montenegro

Painting Holidays

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Montenegro Painting

8 days From £1,995 £1,945

22 September 2019

Magnificent mountains, picture-perfect beaches and gorgeous landscapes await in Montenegro. An ideal destination for any artist, this vibrant country offers much to the canvas with its buildings packed with ancient history, welcoming people and Mediterranean colour palette. Sidestep the country's tourist hotspots to paint in locations lesser-known, from a family-run olive farm to the wild wonders of Lake Skadar national park. Speaking about Montenegro, the poet Lord Byron once said, “The most beautiful contact between the earth and sea took place at the Montenegrin littoral.”

What's included?

  •  Flights
  •  Accommodation
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Professional tour manager
  •  Painting tutor
  •  Local transport

Led by...

Kevin Dean

Kevin Dean

Trained at the Royal College of Art, Kevin is a highly versatile artist. He has illustrated numerous books, designed textiles and architectural decoration in the Middle East, including much of the marble work at The Sheikh Zayed Mosque Abu Dhabi.

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Choose from these limited time special offer(s):

  • Full balance payment just £1,945
  • Low deposit £199, remaining to pay £1,796

Single supplement: £285

Tour highlights:

  • Explore the Skadar Lake National Park, where we board a boat for a panoramic cruise and can admire wildlife along with carpets of lily pads
  • Spend an idyllic morning painting the landscape at an olive farm owned by a local family in the village of Tici
  • Take a boat trip across to the small island of Gospa od Skpjela, home to the church of Our Lady of the Rock and its museum that boasts a rich collection of stone monuments
  • Discover the charms of Kotor, with its pebbled beaches, marina with superyachts and elegant promenade

Tour details

Dates 22 September 2019 - 29 September 2019
Duration 8 days
Cost Choose from these limited time special offer(s):
  • Full balance payment just £1,945 £1,995
  • Low deposit £199 , remaining to pay £1,796
Single supplement: £285 Balance due by 30 June 2019
Activity Level Easy-Going
Tour code 19APWM

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22 September 2019: Itinerary

We fly from London to Dubrovnik and drive on to our hotel in Tivat, a coastal town in southwest Montenegro, which is located in the Bay of Kotor. We will be staying at the Hotel Pine, a newly refurbished establishment with its own beach situated just five metres from the hotel itself.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Pine, Tivat

The small pebbled beaches, marina with superyachts and elegant promenade with a backdrop of steep cliffs and colourful houses will provide a setting for our painting session this morning. Today, as it did in the 17th century, Kotor reflects the spirit of the Venetian empire that ruled here for nearly 400 years. The old town is made up of piazzas each with a name denoting its principal purpose – Water Piazza, Milk Piazza, Arms Piazza. The locals love to meet in the town for coffee with friends and go for a stroll amid laundry strung between stone buildings.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Pine, Tivat

Today we explore the Vrmac peninsula with a journey to Stoliv and on to Gornja Lastva, a quaint village situated in the hills. Stone obtained locally was the main building material for the ancient settlement but these older houses were deserted and mainly pulled down leaving room for the modern village we see today. At one time Gornja Lastva was self-sufficient with olive mills, flour mills, vineyards, olive groves and orchards, providing enough food for the local community. Many of the inhabitants were excellent craftsmen and the village had its own local government until the mid-20th century. Stopping at Donji Stoliv, we can witness the few houses still lived in during our idyllic but steep half-hour’s walk through the olive and chestnut trees to the upper village, Gornji Stoliv. Most of the families who lived here for centuries have now left, with only a few houses remaining in use and the rest in varying states of picturesque ruin. A church dedicated to the prophet Elijah (Crkva Sv Ilije), dating from 1553, keeps a lonely vigil. At 250m, the views over the bay to Perast are sublime.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Pine, Tivat

The largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula, Skadar is renowned for its natural beauty and rich fauna and flora. Steep slopes, islands, villages, monasteries and castles all make it an ideal place for artists seeking inspiration.

This day is dedicated to exploring the Skadar Lake National Park. We cross the mountain range that divides Lake Skadar from the Adriatic Sea and arrive in Virpazar, where we board a boat for a panoramic cruise. This will give us the chance to admire wildlife and carpets of lily pads alongside amazing scenery. The boat trip ends at the historic settlement of Rijeka Crnojevića, locally known as the place where the first book in South Slavic language was printed. Enjoy a lunch in the tranquil atmosphere of this place while you walk through this romantic settlement located on the banks of the river of the same name.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Pine, Tivat

Today we can enjoy a day at leisure and some well-earned free time. After breakfast, why not soak up the sun and simply relax at the hotel. You could also take an excursion to a nearby local area or head into the town to do some shopping for souvenirs. 

Meals include: Breakfast

Hotel: Hotel Pine, Tivat

Painting at a local olive farm owned by a local family in the village of Tici, in the Lustia peninsula, awaits us today. We will walk through olive groves and farmland, where we can see sheep, goats, donkeys, rabbits, chicken and turkeys amidst the Mediterranean flora and fauna. En route, we stop to visit a well-preserved ancient olive mill and learn about traditional techniques. Our lunch menu will include only homemade products, so that we can get the best introduction to the regional flavour.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Pine, Tivat

The old town of Perast lies in a bay where two tiny islands offer a contrast between stone and water. The Baroque town of Perast - once home to a majestic Venetian fleet of 1,000 ships has many interesting architectural features, castles, palaces and churches. We will take a boat trip to one of the islands, Gospa od Skpjela. Here, the church of Our Lady of the Rock has a museum with rich collection of stone monuments. Things of special interest include a relief in Carrara marble that depicts the scene of the Annunciation, votive paintings of ships and an embroidered icon of the Virgin, a votive gift from 1828.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Pine, Tivat

The trip has finally come to an end. Today we make our way back to the airport and catch our return flight back to London. 

Meals include: Breakfast

22 September 2019: Additional Info

22 September 2019: Accommodation

Completely refurbished in 2014, Hotel Pine is the ideal choice when visiting Tivat. The hotel has its own beach located on its doorstep. The Pine is close to local amenities and Tivat airport is only 7 minutes away.

22 September 2019: Enquiries

Frequently Asked Questions

Suggested Art equipment

If I’m painting on location I like to keep my materials simple and light. I often think it’s rather like preparing for a picnic, you want all the essential items, with one or two little luxuries, but anything that is rarely used will have to stay at home.

This is a watercolour, or water based medium list, (acrylics and gouache), which I hope you will see as a useful guide. However by all means substitute your own materials or ignore it entirely! If you are buying new materials, please don’t be tempted by the cheap paints, brushes and papers that are often available in supermarkets or even WH Smith, as they rarely give good results. Try to always buy recognized brands.

Seating; Chairs will be provided for painting on location, but a fold up stool that fits easily into the suitcase might be useful.

Paper and Painting support; In the past, when I worked on quite large, loose sheets of paper, I would carry a light drawing board which I’d assemble with wing nuts etc.! Nowadays I usually take an A3 watercolour pad, which is gummed around the edges to help prevent the paper from cockling, with a cardboard back, ( Fabriano, Bockingford, Langton etc.). Paper weight 140lb or heavier. Cold press or ‘Not’ is a good surface for location painting. To decide upon how much paper you will need, think about how fast you work, (or would like to work), you might do one painting a day or you might do 6?
If I have various loose sheets of watercolour/drawing paper of different weights and surfaces in the studio I often cut them up to about A3 size and place them on a piece of firm cardboard, which I then have ring bound at my local photo copy shop for about £2.00. That way I have the choice of different papers according to what I’m painting and it can work out a little cheaper than a manufactured pad.

Brushes; I often find I only ever use 2 or 3 brushes on location. A fairly big brush size no. 10 or 12, a medium no. 8 and occasionally a smaller brush say no.2. All ‘rounds’ with a good point and made of acrylic nylon – ProArte , Daler, Seawhite are good brands.

Water pot; I sometimes take a small plastic beaker but often forget it, or don’t have enough space in my suitcase and result to adapting a plastic bottle, bought locally - which I cut the top off. Another plastic or metal bottle can be used to carry water in.

Pencils; just a few B’s 2B’s, a pencil sharpener and an eraser. I might add a few pastels and crayons and possibly a fountain pen/sketching pen, but this needs to be wrapped carefully in tissue and plastic in case of leaks!

Paints; I have tried various brands but often return to the Winsor & Newton the artist range is best – but at about £2.50 per tube the W&N Cotman range is also very good value. Some of the colours may not be perfectly lightfast but they are bright, clear and mix well. I prefer tubes rather than pans as I think they are quicker and more convenient to use, but this is of course very much a personal choice.

Essential Colours

Lemon Yellow
Cadmium Yellow

French Ultramarine Blue
Cerulean Blue

Alizarin Crimson
Cadmium Red

Some good additions

Indian Red

Rose Madder

Burnt Sienna

Hookers Green


I also like to have a tube of white Gouache to hand, either to correct mistakes or to add highlights to watercolours, but sometimes I like to mix it to all/ or some of the colours, to produce a more opaque painting or mixed media painting.

Most of my paints, brushes and pencils fit into a wooden box about 12” x 6” which also contains a small palette. I also have an old shoulder bag which I can fit everything into, including the water bottle(s) and stool, (although the paper pad may have to be carried separately under my arm). When I arrive at my destination all of the painting gear can be transferred from the suitcase to the shoulder bag. All of the equipment I double wrap in plastic bags and put into my suitcase, (which I check-in). Don’t forget you might want to bring a sun hat and although it’s difficult to mix colours with them on, a pair of sunglasses helps with the glare of sun on white paper!

I hope this list is helpful and I look forward to meeting you.

Kevin Dean RCA



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