I am so proud of the students who painted in Tuscany with me. Their enthusiasm for painting was high and they painted all the time. The pages they filled with images from Tuscany were inspiring and everyone shared their knowledge of painting with everyone else.
I think figuring out what art supplies you need for painting anywhere is very important. I think putting those art supplies in a portable bag or box might be the next most important thing. The 3rd important thing for successful anywhere painting is knowing a little about drawing and watercolor painting, say maybe 5 drawing and 5 painting techniques, that's all.
Last of all you need the right attitude. You have to develop the attitude of looking at each of your paintings as practice exercises like practicing your scales to learn to play the cello. After you practice a while you are able to play a simple tune. If you can look at your painting and sketching with this attitude, and if you can locate your supplies and they are slimmed down enough to be portable you can do it.....by it, I mean paint and sketch wherever you find yourself.
I’ve put all the above into the class I will be teaching in San Diego, this Sat. at Artist and Craftsman from 10:30-1:30. Email me to register email@example.com
I’ve been all over the map lately planning the itinerary for the Fall Anywhere Art Tour to Italy. It will be our 31st tour!
We will be visiting a variety of locations around North Western, Central and Southern Tuscany with a touch of the Lazio province thrown in because we must visit the UNESCO World heritage site of Tarquinia and learn more about the Etruscans, their customs, and their fabulous murals. We’ll also taste wine in the Chianti region, visit the Festival of the Thrush (which promises dancing in the streets), dip our toes in a thermal spa, ride bikes or stroll in the wall park in Lucca, visit a shoe factory, see the Cinque Terre and spend a Sunday at an Antiques Faire in the heart of Lucca.
In fact, I am so excited about the Fall Italian adventure that I got the vapors and our rescue Aussie had to revive me.