Capturing the beauty of light from early morning to the “golden hour” through the understanding of value in color relationships, hues, shadows, and temperatures is at the core of the Tuscan Light painting retreat.
Betty will demonstrate how to capture the light through painting in watercolor, as well as discuss a variety of materials from brushes to pigments and paper. Participants will discover Tuscany through painting and leave with new skills and memorable experiences.
Creating and utilizing a value sketchbook is part of Betty’s process and will be demonstrated throughout this inspiring week. Her emphasis is on achieving dynamic paintings using confident, loose, and energetic brushstrokes in watercolor. Daily demonstrations include drawing and watercolor techniques, as well as the importance of understanding sound composition through photography.
The group will stay at a historical Villa in the hills of the Tuscan countryside. We will paint at the Villa as well as on alternate days when we travel to nearby noteworthy locations for inspiration and exploration of our painting skills in various beautiful and historical settings.
What catches my eye is the effect light has on form in unique situations whether fleeting, spilling over, striking, etc. I challenge myself in capturing its dramatic and/or subtle effects while painting. The spontaneous of effects of watercolor lends itself perfectly to my impressionistic style of painting. I strive for confident, enthusiastic brushwork, the maximizing of color’s value and intensity range and a fresh painterly approach, the result appearing effortless. Sharing while teaching my love for capturing light through painting plein air and studio has been a special gift which I’ve enjoyed for many years throughout the world.
Currently based in Arizona USA, Betty Carr received her MFA from San Jose State University, California, and has taught painting and sculpture for many years. She has been selected as a Master Artist in the American Impressionist Society (AISM). Her work has been featured in numerous books and periodicals, such as “Southwest Art” (cover artist), “Art of the West” and “American Artist” (feature artist), and many more. Betty has taught both nationally and internationally, and has exhibited extensively, receiving many juried awards throughout her career. She is also the author of the acclaimed instructional book, “Seeing the Light: An Artist’s Guide”. bettycarrfineart.com