Tuscan Plein Air Painting

The following is some plein air painting I did during my third trimester. It was all done in a workshop I took with three of our FAA instructors - Daniela Astone, Zach Kramer, and Per Elof Nilsson Ricklund, lasting three weekends during May and June.

We went to three sites around Florence - Due Strade - property on the outskirts of Florence with beautiful views of mountains & hills, Stibbert Park - a park attached to a museum with smaller more intimate scenes & quirky constructs such as Egyptian temples, and alongside the Arno river with a view of the city. In our time alongside the Arno (during the final weekend) I simply drew. Most of the paintings below take place at the property I first mentioned. I did two paintings a day that weekend and completely overspent my energy, rising at 6 and getting home between 7 and 9. I learned the lesson the following weekend in school to conserve my energy a bit... During the time at Stibbert Park I used a limited palette consisting of ivory black, vermillion, cadmium yellow, yellow ochre, and titanium white. (My normal palette for landscape painting would be ivory black, ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, (possibly) cerulean blue, alizarin crimson, cadmium red, cadmium yellow, yellow ochre, and titanium white.) It was a completely backwards method of thinking for me. Rather than using higher chroma colors and muting them, we used muted colors (except for the cad yellow) and made them more chromatic in the ways we mixed them and related them with each other. I quite possibly learned more from this than anything else on the course. It surely taught me to appreciate color (and value) more! All in all, a great experience.

Stibbert Park

Lovely half box french easel purchased from a graduating student for just 25 euros! Though absolutely insane to carry through Florence with a backpack full of materials and canvases… all on my bike!