Believe it or not ~ this exhibit is inspired by my retreat in Tuscany! The fusion of colors ~ earth tones with jewels, pastels with intense, neutrals with saturated colors ~ is a direct result of my retreat project of letting the Tuscan Lifestyle seep into my life and paintings.
Reflections in ponds, streams, marshes and creeks juxtaposed by earthy, etched details carved with palette knife into richly colored, buttery oil paint.
Nearly two years hence you can see for yourself. Tuscan Palettes saturate the paintings of my pond, right in my own backyard.
Also included in this exhibit are paintings of vineyards and dreamy Tuscan landscapes, from my backyard in Tuscany.
There’s nothing better than your own private restaurant in a tiny hilltop village in Tuscany, than your own private chef!
Meet Chef Danilo!
The Energizer Bunny and Tuscan muse rolled up in one, Danilo picks the olives on the side of this hill town by hand. Yes! He climbs each tree with a ladder and shakes the olives free. Late in October, each tree is surrounded with a net and the shaking begins.
Olives are gathered into orange buckets and taken to the next village for pressing. When you come to Tuscany for Danilo’s pasta making class, you use olive oil ~ extra virgin ~ harvested from his trees.
Tuscan Cooking Lessons
No Italian cooking lesson would be complete without a Tuscan dinner party. And of course, Chianti.
Danilo’s private restaurant has a spectacular view of Florence! In the photo, you can see the restaurant windows with rounded awnings overlooking the western sky.
Inspiration for Painting!
No one goes home hungry from one of Danilo’s dinner parties. And no one goes home without an ample helping of creativity and inspiration!
Find out how you can go on a Tuscan Creativity Retreat with me and Danilo. Learn More>