8 Paint-Worthy Destinations!

— J.R.R. Tolkien

You may have heard these immortal words and dreamed of the days you used to consider yourself a globetrotter. Curiosity for exploring the world feels a little more heightened this year as cancelling and postponing plans have become a regular routine, and yearning for adventure is the new ‘normal.’ 

As we‘ve branched into the online world - launching our virtual events and YouTube channel, this time of uncertainty has allowed friends and family to stay connected through art, and has given us the chance to navigate our way to faraway lands.

If you’re in the mood to wander the world this Bank Holiday weekend, we’ve listed 8 painty-worthy destinations to create that will take your art adventure global!

Kitakyushu, Japan - Kawachi Fuji Gardens

    Stroll down the famous Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu, Japan! This dreamy destination is filled with pastel perfection and has us excited to mix us those beautiful purple, violet, pink and white colours to create the vines of Wisteria, stretching the length of any canvas!

    IMAGE by Tourism on the Edge

    Siargao, Philippines 

    Beach holidays are a staple of summer that have felt completely out of reach this year. Journey down this gorgeous paradise of Siargao, Philippines - an island we surely wouldn’t mind being stranded on this weekend. With palm trees as far as the eye can see, intertwined with the beautiful turquoise blue of the sea - Siargao fuses the perfect harmony between sea and jungle. We know this would make the perfect landscape to add to your gallery wall!

    IMAGE by Rolands Varsbergs via Unsplash

    Cappadocia, Turkey

    Feel like floating through the summer skies of Cappadocia, Turkey? We’re right there with you! Famous for its unique moon-like landscape, best seen from up above via hot air balloons, Cappadocia is a historically rich destination that will curb all your exploration cravings from underground cities and cave churches, to houses carved in the rocks!

    IMAGE by Kenny Luo via Unsplash.

    New York City, New York

    Wanting to try your hand at creating a cityscape? The famous NYC skyline makes the quintessential choice. There is no shortage of photos to paint but who doesn’t love a city at sunset? As the song goes, New York is ‘so nice, they named it twice!’ We recommend taking this painting journey to the next level by putting on a New York City playlist to make it an extra special experience!

    Image by Mathew Schwartz via Unsplash

    Santorini, Greece

    A true gem of the Aegean sea, Santorini is made up of whitewashed houses that tower on cliffs above an underwater caldera! Photogenic from every angle, you can paint your way to this sun-soaked, seaside destination filled with beaches made up of black, red and white lava pebbles!

    IMAGE by Ben McGuinness via Unsplash

    Namibia, Africa

    Namibia, located in southwest Africa, has gorgeous, sweeping desertscapes and rich with diverse wildlife to fill your imagination! Whether you’re riding camels through the Namib Desert or on a safari in Etosha National Park, searching for cheetahs, rhinos and giraffes - spend your weekend bringing your escapes to life on your canvas!

    IMAGE by Joe McDaniel via Unsplash

    Patagonia, South America

    Maybe you’re more in the mountain-scape mood this weekend! Why not paint your way to Patagonia? A gorgeous region of South America that encompasses the southend of the Andes Mountains and is perfectly balanced with lakes, fjords, and glaciers in the west, and deserts, tablelands and steppes in the east. This beautiful part of the world has us realise why John Muir said, ‘the mountains are calling, and I must go!’

    IMAGE by Diego Jimenez via Unsplash

    Great Barrier Reef, Australia

    Scuba Dive in the land down under! The Great Barrier Reef, located just off the coast of Queensland, Australia, is the world’s largest coral reef system. Packed with over 400 types of vibrantly coloured coral and marine life - the perfect ‘end of summer’ destination to inspire your holiday weekend! Check out Lara’s amazing step-by-step tutorial of this underwater adventure below!

    We love creating step by step tutorials to inspire your artsy adventures - if you’d like to see any of the above destinations become online tutorials, let us know in the comments below!

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