Tuscan Light – Plein air painting with Betty Carr


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.

Teaching Method

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.

The Artist

Artist Statement

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



Betty Carr


Saturday May 27 (arrival) – Saturday June 3 ( departure) 2023


• Single room with private bathroom: € 2900
• Single room with shared bathroom: € 2700
• (Max 3 people to one bathroom)
• Double room with private bathroom: € 2500




Services included:

Seven (7) breakfasts and seven (7) freshly prepared Tuscan gourmet dinners
Wine and olive oil tasting
Field trips to San Gimignano, Certaldo Alto, Siena
Guided tour and museum entrance in Siena
At arrival: Pick up at Florence Airport or Florence train station at 2:00 pm.
At departure: Drop off at Florence Airport at 7:30 am. Second drop off at Florence train station at 11:00 am or airport at 11.30 am.
Ground transportation while at Villa

Not included:

Any personal expenses
Painting materials

Booking and Cancellation Policy

Payment Policy

To register a 600 € deposit is requested.

Final balance is due one month before the start of the workshop.

Cancellation Policy

You may withdraw within 14 days of registration without incurring in any penalties and will have the deposit fully refunded.  No refund of deposits past 14 days of registration, pursuant to articles 53 and following of the EU consumer protection legislation. Past 30 days at 12:00 pm CET to the day of the start of the workshop: 50% of total paid (deposit + balance) will be refunded.