Janelle writing here…..
Just going through photos, now that we are back in California. We had some troubles with the laptop, so I was not able to post anything the last couple of weeks in Umbria. Fortunately, after a week in hospital, the computer is back, and we can now access the iPhoto library…whew.
Johnny is just beginning to paint in his studio here at home again, but we still want to share some of the Umbrian sessions. The weather was so on and off, he didn't get as many paintings done as he had planned, but all in all, a decent work trip.
We are still waiting for a delivery of 2 larger canvases, which were shipped several days before we left Umbria. This will be a new experience for us.
Here you can see weather moving through the Val di Chiana, the area between Cortona and Montepulciano, which is also the valley which holds Lago Trasimeno. We saw many cloud "cells" move through, with lightening and thunder, as well as major downpours. In the case, below…it just passed down the valley without getting too close to Panicale.
|One of Johnny's favorite views to paint.|
|Keeping an eye on that storm.|
I am wrestling with the colors in these paintings…they look "hotter" here than in reality. The colors a little more subdued in real life…sorry!
|A dramatic piece, I think.|
Here, below, it's a view of the same area, but from the top town. There is a wonderful view of the lake, and the entire valley below Panicale.
|Here, Johnny is capturing the lake view with|
Castiglione del Lago on the left. It's a castle town that juts out
into the lake.
|Lago Trasimeno and the surrounding fields.|
The road that winds through this area is a main road that we drive along all the time. It shows up in many of Johnny's Umbrian paintings.
We both miss this road and this view very much...
|The road is hidden behind the painting, but it's down there.|
We went out to Isola Maggiore, an island on the lake, one sunny afternoon. Johnny has painted here before. It's a quiet place with lots to be inspired by.
|The main street of the island.|
There is only one street.
|As an aside, we had a nice lunch down there at the end|
of the street, on the left.
After a nice lunch by the lake, we walked around to the other side, for a different view and scene.
|Getting gear ready, lakeside.|
|I love the palettes.|
|Close to the shore.|
|A very sweet 6X6 inch.|
|Going quite abstract with this one...|
There will be more "working" photos and videos coming soon, now that I have my iPhoto library, I'm good to go. Keep visiting the blog!