Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tuscan Hills

5.5 X 9 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$150 plus $15 for shipping in the U.S.

Again, this scene is in Vagliagli. This was my final painting for the week and even though it's small, it contains some very valuable lessons I learned during the week. One in particular has to do with adding subtle color shifts to help achieve depth and interest (it's hard to see but there are 2 colors in the dark trees). Also, Greg encouraged me to push my highlights around my focal area even more by either lightening them or adding an alien color that isn't anywhere else in the painting in-order to draw the viewer's eye.

Thinking back on my time in Italy, one of the things that made the whole experience so wonderful was that all I had to do was to make sure my gear was packed and I was ready to paint. At home, my day consists of cleaning, feeding kids, entertaining kids, diapers, exercising, rushing around trying to fit everything in that needs to get done during the day and tons of multi-tasking.

In Italy, everything was taken care of. My meals were cooked for me, the dishes were done by someone other than me, the grocery shopping was taken care of, my room was cleaned every day by someone else and I didn’t even have to drive or navigate anywhere. All I had to do was show up and paint, it was extraordinary!

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