Program Description: Capturing the Light in Your Plein Air Paintings
Learn to loosen up your technique and create "Light Filled" paintings while also learning how to paint with a "Limited Pallette".
Spend each day discovering the wonderful light the Tuscan landscape provides and learn how to capture that light on your canvas. There will be daily critiques and discussions about your paintings and Brian will spend part of each day "one on one" with you as you paint the magnificent views. Watch your knowledge and painting ability quickly grow each day. Come and experience great painting, great food, great wine and great company.
Brian Murphy: Brian Murphy started his painting career in California where the California Impressionist movement touched his creative soul. Soon he was "plain air" painting the landscape that inspired so many early California painters. Before long Brian began teaching at the Palos Verdes Art Center . His students learned how to "loosen up" their technique and discovered how to paint with a "limited pallet".
Brian has exhibited his work in galleries in California, Oregon, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. In addition to showing in galleries Brian participates in Art Festivals all over the country. He has won numerous awards and his paintings have found collectors world wide.
He teaches painting classes in Newport News and Hampton, Virginia and workshops in Hilton Head, South Carolina and in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. This past July, Brian led a group of painters to Ireland.
Our spring programs take place on a vineyard estate in the Chianti area of Tuscany. Le Lodoline is the name of a fattoria, or working vineyard and olive orchard, set in the Chianti hills of Tuscany overlooking the medieval city of Siena. This is an authentic Tuscan country setting filled with rustic charm. The property, owned by a Contessa (who still lives here) is designated an agriturismo. It is composed of a series of traditional stone farm houses with terra cotta roofs. You can almost imagine yourself in another century as you walk down the dirt lanes and through the gates that connect the houses.
For our workshops taking place at Le Lodoline, accommodations in the farmhouses consist of shared double rooms with shared bathrooms. There are a limited number of single rooms and some doubles with en suite bathrooms, which are available for a small supplement. There are also limited double room accommodations with private bathrooms available next door in a bed and breakfast in what was once the principle villa of the property.
- Shared double room
- Daily traditional breakfast and dinner, including wine
- Daily plain air excursions
- Excursion to Siena
- Half day excursion to nearby hill town (Monteriggioni, Radda, Volpaia)
- Pick up from Florence train station at 3:30pm on arrival Saturday
- Transfer to bus/train station in Siena on final day
- Art supplies
- Local bus transportation
- Independent meals and sight-seeing.
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