It rained last night in Tuscany. Soft, gentle rain, sweetly scenting the soil and lush vegetation. On our way to paint, sunshine began peaking it’s way through the clouds, heating moisture away from stone walls, and soaking Mediterranean air around the studio.
Sunlight today provided a much lighter studio space than yestereday, while the group worked on finishing their red roosters they had all begun the day before.
We painted this rooster step-by-step, together; they all look similar. But everyone learned important techniques for glazing, lifting, charging color, and working with small details, as well as creating a convincing black out of Ultramarine blue and burnt sienna.
Everyone did such an amazing job! First time rooster for all!
After painting, we visited Monterrigioni, a small town about a 45 minute drive away, known for its 14 towers and mentioned in Dante’s Divine Comedy. The town was built in 1214-1219 as a lookout for the Sienese in their wars against Florence.
Tomorrow, we will finish the doors we began today and take another tour. Can’t wait to see how the doors turn out!