Exploring the Italian countryside for a month sounds dreamy, right? When your focus is to capture the sights in watercolor, the experience becomes even more fantastic.
Elaine Frenett and Maloy Murdoch spent May of last year in the Cinque Terre region of Italy, marinating in the incredible light, the cuisine, the small fishing villages and most importantly the landscapes and architecture.
Murdoch was there to take an intensive watercolor workshop with British artist Ian Fennelly, whose style leans towards architecture and the historic structures found throughout the area. He had been following Fennelly for some time and found his style and perspective intriguing.
“I am new to painting and felt I needed some instruction,” Murdoch says. “I like how Fennelly examines a scene and then recreates it. I knew I could relate to his process.”
Frenett is drawn more to nature and landscapes, and sought out valleys and fields of fragrant flowers. Vignettes of florals or scenes from a window are more to her liking.
“Elaine’s use of color creates such depth” says Murdoch,. “She duplicates nature better than anyone I know.”