CreativSOUP Treasures in Tuscany

A Few Spaces Left in the Tuscany Painting Holiday

See Tuscany’s Colors with an Artist

Step Off the Beaten Path
Explore Your Creativity with Dorothy Fagan

See Tuscany’s Unspoiled Landscapes, Stunning Vistas, Villages, Rocky Coastlines with an Artist’s Eye for Color

September 29 – October 7, 2018

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Stir Up Your CreativSOUP!

Taste the home grown wine, olive oil and prosciutto, Hike the trails, paint in the gardens. Swim in the enchanting emerald pool, paint the stunning vista of Monte Amiata.

Hang out at ‘home’ at the Sant’ Antonio Villa
Enjoy gracious indoor and outdoor living areas on this spectacular 2500 acre Restored 15th Century Estate.

September 29 ~ October 7, 2018
$1800 – $2800 / person

King Bedroom w/ Private Bath
$2800/1 person, Add spouse + $2400=$5200
Deposit $900

Twin  Bedroom w/ Private Bath
$2400/1 person, Add companion + $1800=$4200
Deposit $800

King Apartment w/ 2nd Twin Bedroom, Great Room, Kitchenette & Private Patio
$3200/1 person, Add spouse + $2400=$5600, Add 3rd person +1800=$7400
Deposit $1000

INCLUDED  Daily continental breakfast, Tuscan cooking lesson, optional daily art activities including demonstrations and lessons, and two festive dinner parties. Main house library with fireplace and wireless, TV, DVD, Apple TV and Sky, lounge, kitchen and dining areas, screened porches and decks, guest kitchen with fridge, microwave, snacks, and ice maker.  All rooms have private bath, efficient hot water system, washing machine, dryer, dishwasher,  microwave.

NOT INCLUDED  Transportation is not included. A car is recommended for getting around small villages. Fly to Florence or Rome. Rent a car at Hertz. Drive 1.5 – 2.5 hours. Or take high speed train to Grosetto, rent car and drive 30 minutes.

A LIMITED NUMBER OF ROOMS RESERVE Today

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When you make your deposit, an invoice will be emailed to you showing DEPOSIT RECEIVED. You will also receive Dorothy’s personal welcome and information about preparing for your retreat, including how to add a second person to your room.

100% Refund before January 31, 2018, 50% Refund before March 30, 2018. No refunds are available after March 30, 2018.

Questions? Call txt or email Dorothy 804-366-0990

5 Tips for Watercolor Painting and 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 Portable Supplies

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!

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 Sparkle

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 Crayons!!!

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 Whimsy, an Artist’s Eye

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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Inspiration for a Painting Commission: Cinque Terre

The rooftops on this painting reminded my clients of living in Cinque Terre!

Oh my! Over the holidays I took on a painting commission. The painting the couple loved best was too small for the place they envisioned hanging it. So we decided to create another painting to fit the space.

abstract landscape painting
Lavender Sunset, 36″ x 24″, oil, See more info>     Prints starting at $35>

Painting commissions are a wonderful collaboration of ideas, inspiration, memories

Once we agreed on the size, creative energy filled us with ideas. My client emailed me three watercolors she’d painted years ago that reminded her of the painting. I am so excited, colors and ideas are spilling out onto other paintings in my studio.

My client’s conversation about the turquoise sea opened by eyes about how to finish an unfinished painting called “Tapestry.”  And when I’d finished it, I could hear it’s new name, “The Watchtower! ”

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When I returned from my client’s home, I could see beyond the woven layers of paint. As I painted in the turquoise sea between the massive edifice ~ I saw the watchtower, a stairway to the heavens, a narrow frame of mind as each prayer relays communications heaven and earth.

I like that there is more to this painting than the struggle I was caught in. I had started it when I returned from France four years ago. It feels really nice to know the painting has a good message and is finished. Now it’s ready for a good home.

Prints of both Lavender Sunset, and The Watchtower start at $35. Shop Now>

Call me if you have a place for it in yours!