Sunday, March 22, 2009

Tuscan Hill - loosely speaking

Daily Practice

I continue to practice various techniques seeing how some of them might help me through some challenges I continue to have with watercolors.

This scene, painted a while back, is one of my favorites of Tuscany. What I like most about it is the size of the building against the landscape -- and the huge sky. I wanted to practice blending more colors on the paper ... and so attempted another, looser rendition of this scene. I"m hoping to see more of this type of view when overseas ... those urban scenes challenge me a bit too much! LOL

The weather has been cool, though the sun has been brilliant. The grands left me with a bit of their 'colds' .. so though the sun tempts me out of doors, the colder temperatures are a bit too much for plein air work right now. It's supposed to be a bit warmer today if I can get this cough under control, I may venture out for a short amount of time ..

Hope your Sunday is warm and wonderful!


Robyn said...

Beautiful sky, Lin. The whole painting is very Tuscan. It has a timeless mood, doesn't it.

I never seem to be able to sit and paint one of these vast landscapes, probably because I always spot them from the car when there's no place to pull over.

Anonymous said...

Ooh, very moody and what a great idea to make it 2/3 sky! It sets off the darker "olive" landscape so well. And just what I'd expect to see in Italy with the sun not highlighting the landscape. Bravo!

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

What challenges? You make this look effortless - this is beautiful.

Teri C said...

No wonder you love that area, it is BEAUTIFUL!!!

Joan said...

Lin - I can't wait to see what you paint in Italy!!! This is a favorite Tuscan scene of mine too...the house set far back and the rolling countryside and cypress trees in front of it. Super job on this!!! Robyn is right. I found in Tuscany there were all these wonderful views but usuall no place to pull over and you're on this windy road where you really can't stop safely.