Sunday in Lucca

Plein air painting in Lucca

What a joyful day we had in Lucca! October colors, warm weather, my best friend in the world at my side. What could be better?

lucca italy painting
Sunday in the Piazza, watercolor, 12″ x 9″, PURCHASE INFO>

Jim took this pic of me painting in the square.

plein air painting in Tuscany watercolor
Addicted to watercolor, I had a blast letting it all flow!

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Happy Dance

autumn trees watercolor painting
Happy Dance, watercolor, 12×16″ Purchase Info>

Yes, this is me doing my happy dance!

I had so much fun with watercolors on my retreat, I almost didn’t come home! I filled two tiny sketchbooks and very quickly wished for larger paper.

A drive to Cortona, where I knew I could procure fine artists supplies did the trick. I came home with 3 watercolor blocks. A block of watercolor paper is glued around all 4 edges, with just one corner open. This enables one to paint wet without the edges buckling.

The painting dries flat as it is held in place by the glued edge. When completely dry, slice it of cleanly with a table knife and voila ~ a clean, flat painting!

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Another View Volpaia Vineyard in October

Two months ago I started as oil painting based on a view of the vineyards below Volpaia. The 16th century hilltop village is home to a winery. We enjoyed a delicious lunch under the trees overlooking the surrounding landscape.

The food was wonderful. Yet it’s the landscape that I can still taste! So much so that yesterday’s pastel and today’s are both inspired by my recollection of it.

Frankly, I am surprised at how similar the two pastels are to each other. I am using both of them to finish work on my oil painting of the same view. I like the gestural calligraphy in this one. The other is more painterly. I am trying to capture both in the painting.

Tuscan landscape painting
October in Tuscany II, pastel, 9 x 12

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