Sunday, June 20, 2010

Tuscan Villa



9 X 12 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
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It’s been a week since I got back from Italy and I’m just getting into the swing of things. The workshop was truly one of the most amazing experiences! The restored monastery we stayed in was beautiful, it was surrounded by rolling green hills and much of the food that was prepared for us was from surrounding farms (here is the web site of the group that organizes the workshop if you are interested www.ilchiostro.com). Speaking of the food….while our group was painting there was another group there taking a cooking workshop. Our first meal was very good but then it got better and better and better as the week progressed. Honestly, I came home and asked myself why bother eating anymore because nothing I could cook would compare to the week of meals I’d just had in Italy. Then I felt guilty when my husband told me he’d made mac and cheese one night for dinner while I was away.

What about the painting workshop? It’s hard to go wrong hosting a landscape workshop in Tuscany because everywhere you turn there is a painting waiting to happen. I filled my camera with over 400 shots of photo reference and it was painful to pass up so many beautiful scenes. I did paint every day except one and that day Greg LaRock painted a demo for us. Because there were only two other painters in our group Greg was able to get around to our easels very often. He gave me tons of feedback, encouragement and dutifully answered all of my questions. And every night before dinner he would critique our paintings from the day, including his own painting, if he did one, which gave me a glimpse into his thought process when he examines his own work.

I’ll blog more about the trip in my next post. About the painting I posted here….

This was painted in the rolling hills of Tuscany next to a small village named Vagliagli (meaning valley of the wild garlic - pronounced val-yal-yee – yes, there really is wild garlic that grows there). Scenes from the movie Letters to Juliet were filmed in Vagliagli (the picnic table under the tree and the local Bar).



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12 comments:

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

How beautiful! I feel like I am there. What an opportunity, seems I haven't been here for ages...

Karen

Dewberry Fine Art said...

Sounds like a fabulous trip and yummy too. This is lovely. I like your handling of the hills as they go off into the distance. What a beautiful villa.

Erik said...

That's gorgeous Kim!
What a view.

parels in het paradijs said...

Hi, I'm Lilian an I'm Dutch. I just found your blog. Your painting are beautiful and I will follow you with pleasure. My blog is about our house in France. Your very welcome. Greetings, Lilian

Victor Errington said...

Hi Kim.
This painting is absolutely brilliant, I love it. Also thank you for your story of how the course went. Plenty of subject matter as well, that is what us Artist`s want eh? All the best Kim.
Vic.

Marian Fortunati said...

What a special treat. Greg La Rock AND Tuscany!!! WOW....

TheresaJ said...

What a gorgeous painting, and your trip sound aesthetically, gastronomically, and spiritually wonderful!

Pete Sleeper said...

Beautiful!

Susan Roux said...

Wonderful! Sounds divine...

I hope to finally get to Tuscany next year. Every time I see paintings from there, it calls me and calls me. Such beauty and light. Too hard to resist!

Nancy Medina said...

How exciting Kim, painting with Greg LaRock in Italy? This sounds like a dream come true. Your painting is just beautiful. Were you at the San Clemente plein air event? I bet you were traveling when that was going on....

Kim VanDerHoek said...

Thanks everyone! I am so rarely on here now that I wonder if anyone still looks at my blog.

Nancy - I didn't go to the Paint San Clemente event. I don't have any childcare during the summer and can't get to those events yet. In a few years.....

Alexandre Jay said...

This is a great little painting; I like!