Tuscany Residency Artist’s Dream Come True

Tuscany Artist’s Residency

I invite you to follow my Tuscany Artist’s Residency online. Join me for plein air painting and Tuscan lifestyle-infused painting lessons.

Follow the creation of my book, Muses of Tuscany, infusing life with paintings and the Tuscan lifestyle.

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I have invited two muses to visit my Tuscany studio. In Greek mythology, muses are goddesses blessed with great artistic talents ~ grace, beauty and allure. They help the gods and mankind forget their troubles and inspire artists to greater artistic and intellectual heights.

My muses are very dear friends who have inspired me over the years. I have asked them to show me Tuscany ~ what inspires them ~ the hill towns, wineries, Tuscan life style. I am hoping my time in Tuscany will re-program me ~ the workaholic who doesn’t know what else to do but work!

I cannot move this mountain, I CAN embrace it.

Embrace of the Mountain
Embrace of the Mountain, CANVAS PRINT

When I titled Embrace of the Mountain, over a year ago, I was thinking the mountain was embracing me. Now I see how I am already embracing it.

Our apartment is 20 miles south of Florence. It is owned by a chef who teaches cooking and runs a private restaurant for residents. We’re leasing a car, which my husband Jim enjoys driving, the Italian way. Sneakers is on her own playdate with the grandkids.

Dorothy Fagan watercolor
Tuscan Sun,

People have always looked at my paintings and asked if I had been to Tuscany. Evidently they saw more in my paintings ~ unfulfilled dreams ~ than I did. My dream? Your dream? The collective consciousness is powerful!

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Go with the Flow of Cascading Dreams

Easier said than done! Everyone tells you to ‘go with the flow,’ but going with the flow isn’t always as easy as it sounds.

When my dreams began cascading into life, I felt very reluctant to believe any of it would stick. So accustomed to looking for the other shoe to drop, I did more than reserve judgement ~ I got in the way of the flow more times than not!

Cascading Dreams wall decal Dorothy Fagan
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So how did I finally get it?

Truth is, I’m not sure that I do. I don’t know that I will EVER really get it fully. The thing I notice is that I am a lot quicker to stop when life feels like a struggle.

Go with the Flow of Cascading Dreams

“When life feels like a struggle, flip on some music and sing!”

You know. When the file won’t upload because the server is slow. Or traffic is blocking the bridge and I’m going to be late. I am much quicker at stepping back and taking a break. Go for a walk. Do something else and come back later. Flip on some music and sing.

Cascading Dreams wall poster c Dorothy Fagan
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The funny part is that whenever I have the presence of mind to chill and ask the Creator to show me. There is something way better that pops up.

“Just as soon as I clear the struggle ~ the Creator spills the dreams.”

The quote of the day is available as a removable wall decal or poster. Find Go with the flow of Cascading Dreams and other uplifting quotes in Joy’s Garden. A Fine Art Print of this painting, Cascading Dreams, is available on canvas or watercolor paper.

Is Cobalt Violet Missing from YOUR Life?

It was missing from mine!

It all began in the lavender fields.

It was four years ago when I went to France to paint them. I had no idea that lavender would have such a powerful force. In fact in Provence, I found the color and fragrance of lavender quite illusive.

Yet it started my dreams cascading

Joys Garden Dorothy Fagan
Joy’s Garden, oil on canvas, 36 x 48″, Click image to shop

Joy’s Garden

Yet here it is. Joy’s Garden is in my studio larger than life. I didn’t know the title of it. I looked on the back of the canvas yesterday to discover I had written it there a year ago.

I’d found the painting rolled up last week, unfinished. I wondered if I would be able to rescue it? That’s when I had the dream about lavender.

fleurs Dorothy Fagan
Fleurs, oil on canvas, 12″ x 9″ Click image to shop

Fleurs

Fleurs was sitting on the chair by the easel begging to have it’s shadows lightened, just a tad. “Great,” I thought, “a small one to test this notion about warm lavender.”

Still sipping my coffee, I squeezed out some Rubine Lake and mixed it with Cyclamen. Adjusting it cooler and warmer, I painted it in under the shadows of the leaves. Then suddenly the sky demanded Turquoise.

Wow! It glows!

In the meantime a painting from my Cascading Dreams Series sold. We crated it up and sent it to a new home in California. In the process, other unfinished Cascading Dreams paintings found their way into the studio again.

“mmmmm,” I wondered. “Where is this going? Something must be up.”

Cascading Dreams

Cascading Dreams Dorothy Fagan
Cascading Dreams II, oil on canvas, 36″ x 24″  Click image to shop

Cascading Dreams II was already on the easel. I noticed that same lavender, warm and cool, beginning to show it’s face.  My dream pointed to the warm reddish lavender, Cobalt Violet as it moves into deep cool red.

Danza del Tramonto

Dancing in the Sunset

Danza del Tramonto (Sunset Dance)
Danza del Tramonto (Sunset Dance), oil on canvas, 30″ x 24″  Click image to shop

After testing the color on Fleurs, I put Danza back on the easel. I scraped out layers of paint and sanded the painting down to it’s shadows. Beginning with the deep violet trees in the foreground, I painted in the new color relationships.

Wow! I LOVE the sparkling colors! The deep teals, lush meadow greens, and the warmth and verve feel wonderfully invigorating.

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The Phoenix

dream landscape Dorothy Fagan
The Phoenix, oil on linen, 11″ x 14″  Click image to shop

A small painting I had begun in France was sitting on the chair nearby. I had repainted it several times since returning home. The palette feels so close, yet not quite as grounded.

Airy and light, it feels like flying!

The Villa

The Villa Dorothy Fagan
The Villa, oil on canvas, 24″ x 30″  Click image to shop

On the wall above it hung this painting of The Villa. Nearly finished, I felt the same ethereal quality and I could see exactly where the warm reddish lavender needed to go.

How Joy’s Garden Came to Life

I painted it in, the brush dancing in my hand. Like signing my name, the calligraphy felt comfortable and effortless.

How could one color change the world so? I have wished for decades to feel the paint brush as comfortable as my pastels. My dream of oil paintings flowing as fluently as my pastels is real.

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