My drawing and painting life
I just returned from Italy. I spent a wonderful six days – traveling included – doing a lot of drawing and painting – drawing words and stories from the images I produced. I was in Cortona, Tuscany, on an art retreat hosted by Niya Christine, an American writer and painter. Niya Christine has become a very productive narrative painter – mixing drawing, painting and storytelling in a wonderful way – since doing a year of 365 paintings and writing a book about it. It was a four day intensive workshop full of techniques for painting and writing, and also to enjoy wonderful food and company. It was so good being able to work with like minded people who wanted to learn more about about writing and painting and about their own art. I loved doing this in these warm, rich surroundings. I am only showing one work in progress for now. This painting in watercolor resulted from an afternoon spent in the hill town Cortona, painting scenes ‘from life’ just sitting in cafés and painting things around us. I did this painting while we sat in the cafe of Teatro Signorelli (named after a Renaissance painter) and painted what we saw. It was a little bit of a struggle with the amount of stimuli. I was editing the scene while I went, adding things and leaving others out as seeds for a story came to me. Cortona is a town with a medieval look and many people are visiting it from all over the world for its history, food and wine. So many occasions for stories!
Kathrin Werner has some lovely paintings from the workshop on her blog too!
More pictures on my flickr photostream.
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