Johnny has been putting in some long hours at the studio these past couple of months. I'm always happy/excited to see a new series of large paintings coming into the gallery.
I've decided that it might be nice to have paintings here, on the gallery blog, as well as our regular website. I can have the images a bit larger here, so that's a plus. Also, it gives us an opportunity to say a few words about the paintings, if we want.
One of the "new" paintings in the gallery is actually an older painting. "Umbria" has come back to us, and we are thrilled to be showing it again. This painting was done in 2011, after our first trip to Panicale. It was one of several larger pieces that were all done in a similar palette:
The paintings, below, are all new, still in the studio. We hope to have them in the gallery for Thanksgiving weekend. This will depend on weather and dry time. We love to see the new works on the walls, so fingers crossed, they will be here soon.
Johnny has been working on some larger canvases, which is challenging for him. This is a good thing.
When he is challenged, well, that's when the magic can happen...
|THE RED BALCONY|
These next two came along shortly after the paintings above. I am really liking what has been happening in Johnny's studio lately, I must say.
I think this first piece is my new favorite. I love the drama of it.
"Piegaro" is a town near Panicale. It has a very mysterious feel...
Johnny was imagining the amazing yellow fields near San Savino, in Umbria, when he finished the painting, below. We drive by this area all the time while we are in Panicale, our home away from home in Umbria...
The intense color of the "rape" fields is beyond belief. Johnny often thinks of the Umbrian, as well as the local landscape when he is creating these larger abstracts, and I can understand why. It's like he is breaking it down to the essence of the place.