Born near Paris in France, Catherine traveled all around the world in her twenties, a great human and personal experience. She did some sketches on the way, which disappeared with her backpack one day, a good lesson of letting go! Back in France, Catherine settled in the beautiful city of Aix-en-Provence, not far from the Mediterranean sea, where she held many exhibitions and gives art classes. Her proposal is “travel logging”, the sketchbook becoming a memory and record of the day. The technic makes it accessible to everyone – accomplished artists and complete beginners, as we play according to our sensibility, with very personal page composition, while using drawing, watercoloring, writing, and collages. We need to learn to look at and understand what surrounds us to be able to express it. It is a lot of fun, and creativity is our best friend to make up for the inevitable mistakes of sketching directly on the spot!
Tuscany is located in central Italy and stretches from the Apennines to the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Its landscape, artistic heritage and stand-out cities – first among them Florence – make Tuscany an unquestioned protagonist of international tourism. In this region, nature has many different facets, starting from the coast that alternates long and sandy beaches, like the Versilia beach, with rocky cliffs and steep headlands. The islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, a crystal-clear sea and rich seabeds, are peerless.
You can admire sceneries of uncontaminated nature in the Apuan Alps and in several protected areas, such as the Orbetello Lagoon, home to many species of migrant birds, including pink egrets.
However, the most typical sceneries of the region are those that merge the beauty of nature with the millenary work of man. The amazing Gulf of Baratti and the sites of Vetulonia, Vulci and Pitigliano guard necropoli and vestiges of the Etruscan civilization, while Roselle and Cosa evoke memories from the Roman Age.
Medieval villages, historical towns, castles and defense systems, country churches (the so-called pievi) and beautiful abbeys, like the one of Sant’Antimo, are scattered all over the territory and their profiles stand out in the landscapes of the Crete Senesi, Orcia Valley, Garfagnana, Chianti and the Maremma.
Finally, Tuscany is full of spas: Montecatini, Saturnia, Montepulciano, Monsummano and Bagno Vignoni, which offer relaxing holidays thanks to their thermal waters and well-equipped facilities for all types of treatments.