Watercolor journaling is fun for sketching and quick ideas on the run. I like to take a small one in my bag, so it’s handy and easy to paint on the fly. I do a lot of this in cafes and restaurants, on a park bench over looking the gardens, or while hiking in the village.
Plein Air Painting in Tuscany
Painting in the Vineyards
I know people are curious as to the colors I am using and how I know what to mix together to get my colors. I will be sharing this and more. This photo is from my last visit in 2015 to northern Tuscany in Grassina.
This quick oil sketch didn’t turn out as I wished. My phone interrupted my train of inspiration with a family issue. It’s important to stop and be there when family calls ~ even in Italy!
Everyone loves the feeling of leap-frogging with inspiration. An amazing series of them led me from the plein air painting above to this painting called, Heart Land. I know you can see how both paintings are focused on a heart centered in the landscape.
This is really what I was after when I went to Italy two years ago. I wished to absorb the Tuscany Lifestyle into my art and life ~ and I believe this is what it looks like for me!
I used my CreativSOUP Method to spur the leap-frogs along. The more I stirred the pot, the faster those leap frogs jumped to mind. I will be setting up my oil palette and packing my painting gear over the next few days.
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!
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