Almost 10 years ago now, I was hired as Manager of Operations for a bespoke, group tour operator, and the first time I ever joined a river cruise was also my first time as a Tour Director on one. The journey was aboard a sold-out, full charter of AmaWaterways' AmaVida, Ama's first boat on Portugal's divine Douro River. One of the groups on our charter was comprised of Harvard alumni, and at the final dinner on board, I joined a Harvard gentleman and his wife who I found fascinating. While others were off with tour guides, he would find a scenic spot to sit and use watercolors to capture the scene. He showed me his collection at the end of the cruise, and they were remarkable. I was invited months later to an exhibition where he had our whole river cruise on display - in sketches and paintings of villages and vistas we'd seen along the way. What a marvelous way to remember, I thought....
Excerpt below from 2/19/2020 Virtuoso article by Jen Rose Smith can be found HERE.
Channel your inner artist on vacation. Do it. Sign up for that painting class in Paris or spend the afternoon getting inspired by the California coastline views from your hotel balcony – these high-quality, easy-to-pack art supplies will help.
Caran d’Ache Pencils
A matched set of pencils from the Geneva workshops of Caran d’Ache are crafted using wood harvested in Swiss forests. Lightweight Grächen pine and Jura beech wrap silky graphite perfect for quick studies. $26, carandache.com.
Hushwing Watercolor Palette
The packable Ultramarine Palette of four handmade watercolors from Virginia-based Hushwing evokes dreamy seascapes and bluebird days. Founder Kirsten Cooner, an artist, mulls each batch by hand on a glass slab. $48, hushwingwatercolors.com.
Raphaël Travel Brushes
Founded in Paris in 1793, family-owned brush workshop Raphaël tucks three travel-friendly, collapsible brushes into a sleek case that can clip onto a pocket. With two round brushes and a quill brush, Le Voyageur is expedition ready. From $21, dickblick.com.
Bound in red fabric, the six-by-nine-inch, acid-free Venezia sketchbook from Italian papermaker Fabriano is adorned with a pattern that evokes the Piazza San Marco. $24, plazaart.com.
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