Sunday, May 8, 2016

Goodbye To A Good Year's Work



  It began with a first night's meal at Simone and Lorena's Il Gallo nel Pozzo…..One very happy artist ready for a good bite to eat, followed by several weeks of painting in the Umbrian country side.







  Driving around the area had it's moments…of beauty.







  Working at first on drawings on paper…sometimes in nearby Tuscany...







  Always with an eye out for the next spot to inspire.






  With the cold days of March, sometimes staying inside...







  The fireplace is always a favorite spot to consider.





  Too cold to even get out of the car on some days….





  The classic 'puffy coat', always a very good friend to have.





  Why not draw and enjoy a glass of wine?





  Fortunately, the warm days did arrive….












  Hard to stop working when the weather is this nice.

























  The final painting of this trip finished.






  Time to relax and enjoy the feeling of a job very well done.







  Now we head back home…where the next phase begins…getting the show together!
  Stay tuned-We will be posting the finished paintings soon!

  Thanks, Umbria…for all the inspiration.
  And wine and pasta, of course.






Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Field Work 2016




  This is the last week of oil painting so there will be time enough to allow the paint to dry, so we can pack them for the trip home.
  Don't know how many yet. There are various sizes in centimeters.

  Here I am painting in the field, high above the valley near a small borgo. Janelle and I discovered another 'white road', and we went off on a day's painting adventure.







  The sky was bright on this day, and the air still.
  It was peaceful and quiet. Just the sound of lots of birds.



Long view of the lake.


High above Lago Trasimeno.

  Janelle is upset with the photos above because she used the wrong setting on her camera, and the color is not right. It looks more like California. The light and color is not correct.

  These below give a better idea of the light and color here, now.













  Later that day, i spotted a lovely view of some old buildings, so set up on a comfortable back road.

  I had been liking the larger vertical format. Usually, I prefer smaller sizes when painting plain air.
  This size allows me to paint in broad, quick strokes of color, keeping the design simple. I can work  spontaneously and intuitively.
  This allows real, direct painting for me.
  And I enjoy these brushstrokes.









Reminiscent of Cezanne.










 The fourth painting of this particular day, below.
  







Broad and quick/Intuitively










My color sense.


  One more finished painting.
  More tomorrow.
  A happy ending to a productive day.








Sunday, April 10, 2016

Work Continues: Umbria 2016



  Janelle writing today…

  Johnny and I have been out in the countryside most days the past week. We are taking advantage of the nice weather that has come this way.

  I enjoy watching the setting up, beginning sketch-in, and then I will wander away and come back to see what has developed.










I love this stage….loose!



  As the weeks have gone buy, Johnny is more than a little tired of me constantly shoving a camera into his 'space', but I feel it's an important part of my job here….documentation of the process.



Nearby Panicale.






The skyline of Panicale begins to form.



  I will always be close by, but do enjoy walking or sitting and reading while he paints. These are luxurious times for me, as I don't have this kind of downtime back home.
  For Johnny, the work comes first, and there is only a short time left before he needs to stop painting in oils, so these pieces will dry before we leave.




Work comes first.




Done.



  On this morning, he was able to stay in one place to paint two pieces. This is always good. 
  As much as we both enjoy cruising around the area, it's always nice to be close to home.




The usual set up, with a chair for me to read, and enjoy the view….



  Painting number two begins...









A favorite building nearby.



  With discarded cardboard boxes from Linda's market, Johnny constructs these 'holding' carriers for wet paintings. There are string dividers to keep the work from touching each other. The box itself is just small enough to squeeze the panels in, so they won't move around. Pretty cool.








  I am helping water a friend's garden nearby, so while I water and do some weeding, Johnny sets up to paint the beautiful views.












It's a very special place….




Wonderful colors….








  On another day, we set up on the road that we take for one of our morning walks. There are incredible views over the valley and lake, below...




We are high enough to be in the pines here.




  The locals are still burning the olive cuttings in the mornings, which adds a haze all around. Later in the afternoons, the air clears and the views are crisper…but the softness with the smoke is dreamy….

















The classic view of Casiglione del Lago, a castle town
that juts out into the lake.



  Another spot, more work.
  This time near the neighboring village, Paciano.




Loose, loose, loose…
I am always amazed to watch the changes...











Soft colors.


  He just keeps adding layers and layers, but stays very loose.



Adding depth.









  While this painting took shape, I walked around Paciano to take lots of pictures of the beautiful wisteria for my blog, which I work on every few days.

  I was gone for quite awhile, came back, and found that this painting was gone. Completely wiped out.
  This happens, and it always upsets me, but when it isn't working for Johnny, it gets wiped.

  The panel was used again, for a painting that he is very happy with. The paint that is left on the panel, after it has been wiped out, just adds more interest to whatever gets painted on top.

  As Johnny often says:
 "There are no mistakes".