I've been home from Tuscany a few weeks and I'm still on a creative high. Nothing like spending an extended time focused only on sketching and painting! Nothing to worry about...no house cleaning, grocery shopping, appointments, yard work, bills to pay, errands to run, email to answer... When your only concern is about being creative the mind is free to stretch and reach into greater chambers of creativity.
This was my fourth workshop in Tuscany and I was returning to many of my beloved locations Florence, Lucca, San Gimignano...I didn't want my illustrated journal to look like my prior trips to Tuscany. A couple days before I left I gave some serious thought to how this book would be different.
A few ideas that I came up with:
Different Drawing Tool
My favorite pen is the Pitt by Faber-Castel with black ink. This time I would use a fountain pen with brown ink (Noodler's Polar Brown).
Different Drawing Technique
I usually stick to contour drawing.This time I would use more crosshatch to suggest texture and shadows.
I have a tendency to LOVE color. This time I wanted my sketches to reflect the true colors of Tuscany. Colors needed to be muted, red tile rooftops needed touches of green to show moss and liken, the trees needed more blue and less yellow...
Usually I keep a similar layout throughout a trip with the date on top, name of village in large writing... This time I worked to have each page be unique in layout, font style...
In the past my travel journals read like a travel log (up at 6:00am, depart at 8:30 for San Gimignano...). This time I wrote more about the history, people, culture...
Next year I'm returning to Tuscany and I'm already thinking of ways I can be more creative and inventive with watercolor.
Details here: Tuscany En Plein Air October 20-30, 2014