Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Casole Fields

Copyrighted © 2009 by Linda Warner Constantino. "Casole Field" 10" by 8" oil on linen.

This sunny field is indicative of some many views in Tuscany. The rolling hills of farmland are everywhere. I liked the wildness of the field against the structure of the plowed fields.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Demo Painting Using Portland Grays

"Carmen's House"Copyrighted © 2009 by Linda Warner Constantino. Oil on linen board 8 by 10 in.

Here is a demo painting I did one day of the Plein Air Painting in Tuscany workshop using the Gamblin Portland grays. I think it was a good exercise to help students see value. I used portland gray light, medium, deep, chromatic black and titanium white.I layed in the grayscale painting first painting thinly and then added the local colors in afterward. The day was a bit hazy and lent itself to focusing on a range of values rather than strong plays of light and shade.

You can see the grayscale stage of the painting in this photo.

Here are some of the workshop participants painting away.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Tuscan View

Copyrighted © 2009 by Linda Warner Constantino 9 by 12 oil on linen.

I returned from Italy on Friday July 3. It was very difficult to post while there as the internet connection was a bit slow and I was very busy! So I will post them now and try to reconstruct the time at the workshop. It was a lot of fun and the group seemed to bond well. We all now have some wonderful painting memories to go along the the art we created.

This first painting was done before the workshop in an area of Tuscany near Casole about 20 minutes from Spannocchia.