Video Archive: Tuscan Sunlight: Simplifying a complex scene in Watercolor with Pat Fiorello


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Sun in the Village of Volpaia

In this lesson, we’ll learn how to translate what might be a complex and detailed scene into a simplified design with a strong foundation for a painting.

We’ll be painting a street scene from one of Pat’s favorite spots in Tuscany, the charming village of Volpaia. We’ll be learning about massing value shapes together, suggesting detail without overstating it and conveying a strong sense of light and shadow.

As usual we’ll be doing a paint along of the scene and brief critique. Enjoy a fun afternoon in sunny Tuscany. No passport required.

Painting will focus on achieving convincing form and depth, rich, clean color and expressive brushwork.

Click here to see more of Pat’s watercolor paintings.

What students from Pat’s past zoom classes had to say…

Another great class today. You really have strong teaching skills. I learned a LOT. The full hour allocated to critiques at the back end of your classes is so helpful. Your lessons sink in so well when you can point to examples of issues on someone’s canvas, but you also teach how to correct. And you are always very complimentary and talk about the positives as well.  ~ SG

It was fun! You are the best teacher ever! Thank you so much, time goes by so fast in your classes because they’re so engaging!   ~AW

Great class!! Wow, I am totally inspired after your watercolor class, Pat.  Your instructions are always so clear and easy to understand.  I was in such a low energy, down mood before we started.  Now I’m happy and I feel like myself again.  Art truly does take us to another place where our entire focus is needed.   – MD

It’s a lovely painting and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your classes. Thank you for sharing your love of art and teaching I hope to see you soon. Pls don’t give up the zoom classes it’s a blessing to us all but hopefully soon I could attend your in person class. Take care and keep painting and teaching. ❤️ – MG

Tuscan Sunlight, watercolor by Pat Fiorello