I do apologize for the months of neglect. I didn’t even wish you a Happy Canada Day but with it being our 150th perhaps I’m allowed to say Happy Birthday Canada all year long. More on that later! I did participate in an art show in June with our Artists of Oxford group at The Arts Project in London, Ontario, called ‘Canadiana’ I had three paintings there and one of them was a new one.
My husband and I also took a trip in June, to Italy. It was a big deal for us, celebrating a milestone birthday and a milestone anniversary! In fact it was the first time the two of us have been overseas together. We had a terrific time, and while I’d love to share with you the many photos I took (over 1000) I am sure that is not what you’re here for. So, instead, I will share the paintings I did and tell you about my painting holiday!
You see, a friend of mine had recommended this place called The Watermill in Posara, Italy, which holds painting holiday workshops. We visited Florence first, before being picked up at Pisa airport by the Watermill staff, and spending a week there. Later, after we were dropped off there again, we visited the Cinque Terre, Milan, and Venice, driving our own rental car (tip: don’t do that, take the trains!)
But The Watermill will stay in our hearts and minds as the true holiday. Okay maybe one or two pictures are warranted:
Courtyard of Watermill
Side of Watermill. Our window was the far one.
They were so welcoming, catered to our every need, and we made lovely friends there from all over the world. And I got to learn some painting techniques from master watercolor artist Keiko Tanabe! The countryside around Posara is absolutely beautiful. Every day had an excursion to an interesting place for us to paint or just explore. So many interesting things in a short distance, that most tourists would miss. (If only we could have stayed in Lucca a few more hours for the outdoor Green Day concert!!!).
Anyway, I gained some great plein air painting experience and instruction and best of all, we two both had a great time!
Here are the paintings I completed during the week:
Vernazza, painted using Keiko’s photo reference and following her demonstration. Later, after the painting holiday, I was able to actually go see this place!
Verrucola. Painted mostly en plein air. Finished in studio with my photograph as reference.
Market Day in Fivizzano. Painted en plein air at beginning then finished in studio from memory.
Convento del Carmine. Painted mostly en plein air, finished in studio with my photograph.
It wasn’t all fun and games, we worked hard! 🙂
Painting in Verrucola
Sketching in Lucca
Discussing progress in Convento del Carmine
And now, I’m off on another trip! This one across Canada, by train, with my daughter!!