Woke to a beautiful day a week or so ago, so we drove around looking for a good spot to start painting.
This is looking west towards Tuscany, in an area I have painted before. There are many Etruscan tombs in this area.
There was a flock of sheep down below me, so I was serenaded by their bells the whole time I was painting.
|Laying in color. No drawing, just direct painting.|
Simple forms work best for me so that I can concentrate on the intuition of the colors.
Again this year I am trying to concentrate on the old buildings, integrating their forms with the natural forms of the landscape.
This spot was good for two paintings on this day.
There is a small village nearby with a beautiful bellower we can see from everywhere we drive in this area.
This painting will be called "White Road". These "strada bianca" are favorite places to stop and paint.
|Just off to the side of the white road.|
The white road is the bare canvas board showing through, below.
Later I darkened in the sky, to flatten out the image.
The line is a great accent for this little painting.
After painting the first oils, I realized I had to buy some supplies I needed.
On a second day, we headed to a nearby paint supply store which also carries some art supplies.
|It's close by, so we didn't need to drive all the way to Cortona,|
where my favorite art supply place is.
This place is called MAF. We come here often.
|Looking for a perfect "signature" brush.|
|Checking out oil paint options.|
Back at work on a much cloudier day.
The weather was changing. This is a new area, I have not painted here before. Good spots to pull over along this white road.
|Painting at the crossroad.|
|I love laying down the color.|
|Castle on distant hill.|
|This was a fun painting.|
Since these were done, we have had a big weather change which has kept me from painting for almost 10 days. It is supposed to get nice again in a day or two.
In the meantime, I work inside on my travel journal, and catch up on the art magazines I have brought along.
It all adds to the creative process, and I will be ready when the days warm up and the sun comes out again.