A friend asked me the other day, ‘Why paint in Tuscany?’
It’s all about COLOR! Painting IS color.
Color is emotion. Paint in translucent veils of Watercolors. Paint in pure color pigments of Pastels. Or paint with vibrant, glowing, resonant hues of Oil Paint.
‘There’s plenty of beautiful things to paint in the United States,’ my friend insisted.
So why would an artist paint so far from home in any media?
Painting is color and color is emotion
Yes! Different places have distinctly different, unique color palettes. Painting on the Chesapeake Bay for 15 years, I was all too aware that my palette had become blue/gray/green/brown. I felt it.
Bored by the idea of painting one more coastal landscape, I wondered what to do about it?
Painting in Tuscany, I discovered the warmth and vibrancy of Tuscan Colors and how they reflect the joyous people and culture. MORE than just painting. Learning to see and feel those colors ~ to appreciate the people, see the backroads, take my time and really feel the light and colors.
Can you see it in the paintings?
I was able to bring the palette home with me! The painting holiday came home with me, and with it a new palette, renewed energy, and a fresh way of seeing the world that uplifts every single day. Can you see it in the art?
It doesn’t matter which media one uses. Even my photographs capture something more.
Painting Colors of the Heart in Virginia
Painting in Tuscany forever changed how I see the United States! Coming home the landscape in my own backyard feels colorful, joyful and renewed.
Painting in Tuscany also helped me understand my role as an artist in bringing color and joy to people at home. Now my paintings capture lightheartedness, heart colors, and vibrant energy on each and every canvas.
In any media, painting is color and emotion
It doesn’t matter whether I paint in watercolor, pastel, or oil ~ the palette still reflects the joy I learned to see in the Tuscan people.
Color Painting Holidays in any Media
Now I can teach COLOR right here at home!