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My favorite form of immortalizing moments has always been photography, yet there is something quite magical about paintings, with paintings it is as if every stroke told a story of the feelings created by what inspired you; it is somewhat deeper, more touching, more intriguing. As summer sweeps in and the Caribbean colors we love so much come to life, the beautiful landscapes that surround us simply scream to be given such detail, to be painted. Most of us though, will shy away from this challenge and will continue to snap away, after all it is not easy to capture the essence of such beauty in paint. However, from the 18th to the 24th of May, 13 people from Santo Domingo and the US took on this challenge in the annual “Romana in Colors” workshop, where led by artist Jane Slivka they learned how to capture the liveliness of the Caribbean. The students of this workshop spent their days around different areas of Casa de Campo, to find the inspiration for their paintings (not very hard to find these days) and produced great pieces of art.
“It was excellent. The students made 6 paintings and received critics at the end of every piece. They painted in different places like Altos de Chavón and the Marina Casa de Campo.” — Carmen Soñe
Apart from getting lost in their paintings, the students were also able to enjoy a welcome cocktail, tours and dinners in the variety of restaurants that Casa de Campo offers. This second edition of the “Romana in Colors” workshop was been such a success that sisters Carmen and Margie Soñe plan on continuing to organize them annually. The following photos were taken during the Romana in Colors workshop: