|Home Sweet Home...temporarily|
|We made it!|
And there were just as many cats as last year, if not more.
|Kitties routinely get dropped off at Fattoria Bacio, and the owners, Alberto and Patrizia, don't have the heart to turn them away|
Our first evening was spent sampling wines from the surrounding vineyards while getting to know each other and being introduced to the program for the week.
The next day we got down to business and had our first instructional time in the studio, then headed outside to paint the beautiful view...
Most of us painted this scene...
while some chose a spot of their own...
|Jan sketching the view|
Here's the sketch my friend, Jan Shipe, did from her perch on the porch. I like it so much that I begged her to let me share it with you. Thanks, Jan!
|The Pine Grove at Fattoria Bacio by Jan Shipe|
I chose to do a vignette of the vineyards across the valley, but instead of using my Platinum Carbon fountain pen, which is my go-to tool these days, I did my drawing with a Tombow #977 Saddle Brown felt-tip pen. After the drawing was completed, I applied watercolor with a size 8 brush, to keep things fairly loose, talking the students through the process as we sketched together. Some of the students were brand new to sketching, but they dove right in and gave it a try and were quite pleased with the results!
|10" x 7", ink & watercolor in a Handbook Field Watercolor Journal|
Tombow pens are water-soluble, so when watercolor is applied over top of the lines, they blend in, leaving just a hint of color.
My lettering was done with a pointed nib dip pen later at home. I'm just learning how to use a dip pen, and I still need a lot of practice, but I love the look of the blended watercolor lettering that coordinates with the colors in my sketch.
We took a break for a wine-tasting outdoors under the huge chestnut tree on the lawn...
and had traditional Tuscan beans on crostini drizzled with olive oil, to go with the wine.
Then it was time for lunch...so fresh and delicious!
The ladies were feeling pretty happy by the time they finished their sketches (and had a few more glasses of that wonderful villa vino).
It was a full first day with lots of informative lessons, good food, and relaxed painting time. We could hardly believe how lucky we were to be in this amazing place...
I'll be returning to teach in Tuscany again next September - why not join me? Click here for details. Or check out my other European workshops in Provence and the Greek Isles.
And don't forget to enter the
Enter for a chance to win a set of five American Journey Interlocked Synthetic Brushes (a $38.69 value) plus a handy Cheap Joe's Folding Brush Holder (a $14.69 value) to keep them all in, courtesy of the friendly folks at Cheap Joe's Art Stuff.
To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment on one or all of the seven sketches I'll be posting between November 27 and December 3. Yes, you may enter multiple times!
The drawing will be held on December 7, 2016.
Each day I'll ask a question that you can answer in the comments, if you like. Today's question is...
What makes you smile?
Leave your comment below, and good luck!