A 14 day painting holiday with Dorothy Morris, 10-24 November, 2018.
There is nowhere more memorable to paint than India. As Mark Twain wrote it is “the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the world combined.” More than 150 years later daily life in India still provides a constant flow of visual feasts that delight the artist and onlooker alike.
Basunti provides a kaleidoscope of scenery. It is surrounded on three sides by a vast lake with the snow-clad peaks of the Himalayan foothills as a back-drop. Eagles soar overhead, mongoose bustle across jungle tracks, peacocks roam the meadows below and cows wander home in the dappled sunlight each evening past simple roadside shrines. The simplicity and tranquillity of rural Indian village life is on your doorstep while Basunti’s tropical garden provides panoply of vivid and unusual plants and flowers.
In between painting sessions there is the relaxed lifestyle of Basunti to be enjoyed with swimming, canoeing, bird watching, fishing, and jungle walks. Basunti can be a your base for stay visits and excursions to destinations that provide a variety of contrasting scenery and cultures. Basunti is situated a few hours drive away from McLeod Ganj, a vibrant, bustling hill station that is home to HH The Dalai Lama and the Tibetan community in exile; the sunken 8th Century Bathu Temples (only revealed as the lake waters recede) are 1.5 hours away; then there are Masroor Rock Temples, Kangra Fort and the city of Amritsar & The Golden Temple. Other extension tours are available on request.
Building on the success of previous painting retreats with Helen Halliday, Sonia McNally & Jenny Blake and Lucy Nesbitt-Comaskey, Basunti is welcoming self motivated artists to come and paint at Basunti.
Our next painting retreat will be lead by Dorothy Morris. This is a 14 day painting holiday, suitable for professional and amateur artists, who will have the opportunity to draw onto Dorothy’s experience in painting and batik making techniques, together with touring and exploring different parts of North India.
About Dorothy Morris:
Dorothy is a well-known artist, currently residing and working in Wales. She works with a wide range of materials including textiles, ceramics, mixed media and more traditional mediums such as watercolours and acrylics. She has a BA (Hons) in Fashion and Textiles and an MA in Fine Art, which she gained from The Swansea Institute of Higher Education.
Dorothy is an experienced art teacher & lecturer and a practicing artist who has exhibited widely in Wales, Britain and abroad. She is currently the Wales area representative for The Batik Guild.
More information about Dorothy and her work can be found through her website: www.dorothymorris.co.uk
The Tour: A total of 14 days, where you will be travelling, visiting places of interest, painting and engaging in Batik printing, all under the guidance of Dorothy. You will be staying 2 nights in the city of Amritsar, visiting The Golden Temple, enjoy 8 nights at Basunti Resort, followed by a 3 nights stay in the town of McLeod Ganj (you will be visiting places of interest, including the Dalai Lama residence and temple, and enjoy shopping…). You will also visit Norbulingka, the Institute for the Preservation of Tibetan Arts and Crafts. There will be one additional nights back in Amritsar before flying home.
For more information, including detailed itinerary and cost, email us via the Contact page.
If you teach painting and wish to bring your own group to paint at Basunti and the surrounding area, please email us via the contact page. We can assist you with planning and arranging your itinerary.
(maximum group size:16)