I photographed a farmhouse last spring while driving though Radda in Tuscany, Italy. This section of the farmhouse is now housing chickens and it suggests a slightly abandoned, yet once beautiful, appeal. Lucky chickens!
This weekend I took a landscape workshop with Christopher Zhang and decided to try painting the old stone building. Christopher is an amazing oil color artist, a master signature member of the OPA. I learned SO much from his demonstration and his critiques. Chris amazed me with his expertise as a painter, his kindness, and his teaching skills.
Christopher begins by painting in all negative spaces, saving the light, and then layering in shapes. He uses many brushes and a palette knife for painting his oil canvasses. He helped me understand color value, warm and cool colors, shadows, and texture. I felt very fortunate to partake in his workshop.
This watercolor painting is on Arches 140 cold press, 14 x 20.