“Sketching and Absorbing Tuscany” with artist/instructor Lynn Hosegood
Cortona, Italy CANCELED
This workshop will be about ease and comfort of travel with an emphasis on absorbing the beautiful location of Cortona with excursions to other ‘born-to-be painted’, Tuscan locations. The idea is to 'travel light' and ‘stop to smell the roses’. Participants will be provided with a list of easy to carry supplies. We will focus on how to capture scenes and impressions with sketches, photographs and journals and will share our experiences over wine-accompanied, Tuscan lunches and dinners. Composition and color will be discussed, with the intention of collecting resources for future studio paintings. You will learn how to capture the simple structure of a scene with quick value sketches and color notations. A half pan watercolor palette will be recommended, but this workshop would also benefit those who would prefer to just sketch and work in pencil, ink or markers, pastels or colored pencils.
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among the sights and sounds of beautiful and romantic Tuscany: olive groves, vineyards, centuries-old buildings, winding streets, texture and vibrant sunlight.
in the warm ambiance of Cortona, overlooking Lake Trasimeno and the Val di Chiana, originally fortified by the Umbrians, claimed by the Etruscans, touched by the Renaissance, almost unchanged for centuries, one of Tuscany's jewels.
the joy of painting in a relaxed and inspiring atmosphere with the expert instruction of a nationally know artist and instructor and the camaraderie of a small group of learners.
great Italian food, delightful wines, new friends, breath-taking vistas, history and the hospitality of the people of Cortona.
Participant Supply List...
The following list is suggested for drawing value sketches. The Copic markers blend well and will take watercolor washes: Copic Markers C-2, C-5, C-8, Colorless Blender Copic Multiliner Brush Pen F01 Copic Drawing Pen OR a Grey set of Prismacolor Pencils Store these in small plastic containers. You never know when flight pressure may affect these materials.
9x12 Copic Marker Sketchbook OR 9x12 Field Sketch Journal that will take ink
For those who will work in watercolor: Half Pan Watercolor Palette - You used to be able to buy empty, metal travel palettes. I searched and was unable to find one. But I found a Sennelier Watercolor Set on Amazon for $54.89. and the colors are close to my selection: You can also buy empty half-pans at Jerrys Artarama and Daniel Smith which you could fill with your favorite tube paint and store them in a small, plastic container The Box contains: 211 Burnt Sienna 315 Ultramarine Deep 326 Phthalo Blue 440 Warm Sepia 501 Lemon Yellow 635 Carmine 675 French Vermillion 689 Alizarin Crimson 703 Payne's Grey 805 Phthalo Green Light 899 Forest Green 917 Dioxazine Purple
I recommend you remove Warm Sepia, Payne’s Grey and replace with half-pans Raw Sienna and Cobalt Blue. Pthalo Green Deep is preferable to Forest Green, but adequate. I prefer Quinacridone Gold to Burnt Sienna, but a minor detail. I also like Quinacridone Burnt Gold from Daniel Smith, but it is not available as a half-pan (this is where the empty half-pans would come in handy)
A Da Vinci Maestro, sable Travel Brush size #6 Small scrubber brush Small, tight-lid water container and another small water container to use with your brush. Viva Paper Towel - cut into thirds - and pack just a third Arches 9x12 watercolor Block 9x12 Sketch Book.
Basic supplies: HB, 2B, 4B drawing pencils small hand pencil sharpener Kneaded eraser or Moo eraser 2 bulldog clips - (choose a size that will fit and keep your sketch pages down should the wind get up) Digital camera If you have an I-Pad or similar, remember to bring a cord to transfer images from your camera. It will aid you when refining your sketches/paintings back in the studio.
View finder: Use a 4x6 index card, draw an ‘X’ from corner to corner. Use a ruler to find a rectangle 1 1/2” across and 2” down. Cut out this rectangle and place a mark half way across the both widths and 2 marks along the lengths to create thirds. You could laminate or simply add packaging tape on both sides of the card to reinforce it and make it durable. The use of this view finder will be explained and will be in proportion to the 9x12 work surface. Pack all materials in a small, purpose-made, backpack and don’t forget a spot for drinking water, sunscreen and hat and camera. Be sure to pack water in a separate compartment to your camera or other devices.