5 Tips for Watercolor Journaling in Tuscany

Let the Tuscan colors seep into your life

Watercolor Journaling is for anyone who loves color.

No prior experience is necessary to enjoy painting in Tuscany.

#1

Grab your colors ~ Ultra light, portable watercolor palette, brush and journal is all you need to experience being an artist under the Tuscan sun.

watercolor journaling in Tuscany
Sitting on a park bench over looking the hillside village, I painted this small watercolor sketch in my journal.

#2

Paint on the fly! Pocket watercolors with watercolor postcards are easy to paint on a cafe table or park bench. No easel or heavy equipment and paints are required.

watercolor journaling in Tuscany
This tiny watercolor is inspired by the laughter from our Tuscan dinner party. I think it captures the warmth and friendship of two houses coming together!

#3

Make your paintings sparkle with tiny white spaces between your colors. White adds whimsy and fun.

watercolor journaling in Tuscany
This little watercolor journal entry is just one of many whimsical building in nearby Greve. We visited the market there, enjoyed vibrant Tuscan colors.

#4

Try Watercolor crayons to add linear details. On wet let them bleed. On dry paper their pigments will flow when a wash is applied over top.

Tuscan cooking lessons
Danilo’s dinner party inspired this little watercolor sketch in my journal.

#5

Use a light touch to add whimsy. Look to see vibrant colors. Practice 10 minutes a day to train your eyes.

watercolor journaling in Tuscany
Delicate washed colors from my watercolor jouranal spilled over onto my oil paintings.

Learn to capture simple vignettes that express your inner artist. Go with the flow and bring home inspiration.

watercolor journaling in Tuscany
Watercolor journaling is easy and fun for beginners and advanced painters. Ultra portable, it’s quick and easy to paint in a cafe while waiting for Chianti.

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Coming to the River Painting Exhibit @ Studio Gallery

Coming Home to the river, my new exhibit is hung!

Open Daily in May

Dorothy Fagan oil paintings
Ebb & Flow, oil on canvas

I am really excited about this exhibit!

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.

On view through June 3.  Call or text me & come by and see it. 

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Plein Air Docents Wanted!!!

Whether you’ve painted before, or are simply interested in learning how it’s done, this is your opportunity to expand your knowledge and expertise.

Plein air painting festival
Go out plein air painting with me at two exclusive estate properties. Bring an easel and paint, or watch and ask questions. Pliein air painting at Goshen on the Ware River and Little England Farm on the York River.

In May twenty professional artists from Gary Pendleton’s definitive book, 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid Atlantic will come to the river to paint. Together with the community they will create the first Heart of the River Art Collection. The essential element in their success in capturing the inspiration and essence of life at the river is communication and understanding. That’s where my team of docents will play a leading role!

plein air painting
Engage with the artists and the public about what inspires the artists and their process.

I invite you to join me on Friday, May 5 OR Saturday, May 6 morning for everything you need to know about plein air painting.

plein air painting
Meet the artists and hear their ideas about what it takes to capture the essence of a scene.

As a Docent you will 

  • Receive a Free digital copy of my book about plein air painting in France, Discovering Joy’s Garden.
  • Go out plein air painting with me. Bring an easel and paint, or watch and ask questions.
  • Meet the artists and hear their ideas about what it takes to capture the essence of a scene.
  • Help guide the public in learning about plein air painting, the artists, and their process.
  • Share camaraderie and inspiration while facilitating the creation of Heart of the River Art Collection.

Limited Space Available, Sign up today

plein air painting gardens
Share camaraderie and inspiration while facilitating the creation of Heart of the River Art Collection.

Limited Space Available, Sign up today

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The Gloucester Plain Air Festival starts May 20-21 with a Plein Air Painting Workshop with Hai-Ou Hou, director of Chesapeake Fine Art Studio in Stevensville, Maryland. All artists are invited to join in a Nocturne Paint Out at Little England with Hai-Ou Hou and to paint in Gloucester village at Paint Main 2.5 on Saturday morning, May 27. Come and watch the pros or pick up a brush and join in the fun.