I'm so happy to be back in Umbria.
I'm beginning to sort out my work here. I am getting my supplies together, seeing anew what I left behind in storage last year.
Building my "Outdoor Art Studio", there's a lot of preparation. Soon it will be up and running with my hope being to produce many paintings. There is no lack of inspiration.
The first week, I just stopped where ever, and did some simple sketching in my journals.
Janelle, as always, captures me in photos. Her "job" is one of documentation.
|Below Panicale, on a morning walk, I stop to sketch|
a farmer trimming his vines
|There is both misty fog and smoke from the olive|
branches being burned. Only early in the morning.
On another morning walk, a warmer and clearer day, we walked up an old road through an olive grove. There was one spot with a great view of Paciano across the valley.
I am planning to draw and paint more structures/buildings this year. Less pastoral, this year. Though I am sure the landscapes and trees will crop up.
I want these paintings to be more abstract than representative.
|In the olive groves|
|A great view of Paciano|
One of the first days here, we drove around the lake to a favorite little town, San Feliciano. Janelle hiked around, while I sketched the view from way up the hill. I love the lake, Lago Trasimeno. The islands, with their centuries old castles, are inspiring on many levels. It's the history here, as well as the light and landscape, I want to return to again and again.
The lake changes colors through out the day, with the change of sunlight and weather.
|In the background, Isola Polvese, one of 3 islands on the lake.|
|It's hard not to be overwhelmed by it all, but it's the artist's job to|
capture it, in his or her own way.