Only two more days until I take off for Italy! I have spent the last few days working on lesson plans, packing supplies and making handouts for my eight travel companions. We will be staying in the Tuscan hill town of Cortona, just south of Florence. Every day we will venture out for plein aire painting, journaling with watercolors, pens, pencils and anything we can find to collage with.
What a fabulous gift this is to me! I have to keep pinching myself, saying "I'm getting PAID to go teach in Italy!!"
I thought that a trip this grand deserved a new paint palette and a new journal. In England earlier this summer, I took my itty bitty Altoid box of paints, but now I'm going whole hog on the colors! Yes, I may have gotten a bit carried away on the Daniel Smith website, but why be limited when you are surrounded by Italian light!?
In case you were wondering, here's my list of colors, going around clockwise from the top yellow:
Winsor Yellow, New Gamboge, Quinacradone Gold, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Deep, Quinacridone Magenta, Opera Rose, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Sepia, Burnt Umber, Carbon Black, Paynes Grey, Moonglow, Amethyst, Winsor Violet, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, French Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Blue, Cobalt Turquoise, Pthalo Yellow Green, Permanent Sap Green and Olive Green.
Yes, there are some wacky colors in there - Moonglow, Amethyst, Turquoise and all those Pthalos and Quinacridones - but they make super beautiful, intense shades when mixed with the old standbys.
One more day to pack all those less important things, you know, my clothes.