Monday, September 26, 2022

Work Begins In Umbria/September 2022

Janelle writing this one....

After a long couple of days flying and getting settled here in Umbria, Johnny had a few chances to get out and do some drawing and watercolors before we headed to Venice to see some exhibitions.

The weather here was great when we arrived, but as of late, it has been warm, and lots of major rain.

I'm just glad he was able to get out and get started. We go out to find a place for him to work, and I'll take a few pictures and then walk or sit and read. It works well for both of us.

The rental car/outdoor studio.

When the light is good and the weather is also, we'll head out...

A favorite spot to visit and draw or paint...

Sometimes the trunk is all he needs.

Catching the late afternoon light.

Drawing on a panel to paint later, this is in our garden.

Our landlord, Carlo, put this bench in for Johnny to paint from.

Another great spot with good views...

I'm so glad to see Johnny working here. He loves going out to the fields as much as working in the studio here. We feel so grateful.

Capturing a moment.

After making a few drawings, it's always nice to take a break and paint...with a glass of wine, if possible.

We took a day trip to Florence for art supplies, and got in some art viewing as well..

Break time for coffee is always a good idea.

Last week we headed back up to Venice to take in some exhibitions we missed in the spring.

We were super happy to come upon a show that just opened. Oscar Murillo, a favorite of Johnny's, was actually in town for this opening and Johnny got to meet him and shake his hand. We were able to be there for a lecture, as well. A real special treat, to be sure.

These are some shots from the show...

Murillo's take on Monet...sublime!

One of the shows we missed in the spring was by Daniel Richter. I'm just so glad we were able to see it before it closed! These exhibitions are just so important for Johnny to view. I really enjoyed this one, too...

Really vibrant color.

We always try to pop into any venue that is showing something interesting. I was more into the contemporary exhibition here, while Johnny checked out the classic art in this church in Venice.

Back home in Umbria, work has begun in the studio...Let's see what happens next.

Here's a short video to enjoy...

We saw another wonderful show in Venice that we missed in the spring. I wrote about it on my blog, "Live Pronto". You can read about it here.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Painting Near Lago Montepulciano

This is one of my last days painting plein-air here in Umbria. I'm winding things down as we prepare to return to California.

The weather has been good, and I'm happy I was able to get in several sessions of work out in the countryside.

We will be shipping back 14 rolled studio canvases later today, as well. There are a total of 20 larger works on these canvases. I'll have them stretched back home to show asap in the gallery

Painting canal side near Lago di Montepulciano this past weekend:

Perfect weather for painting outside.

Some of my finished panels drying.

This is a lovely place with beautiful vistas.
People come here to relax, take a walk or ride bikes along the paths.
We always enjoy our time in this area of natural beauty.

A nice little 8 x 8" oil on panel.
I may use this to do a larger studio work.

Another painting from this session.

I ended up with three paintings on this day.


We will be posting all the paintings, large and small, on the our website under the "Italian Inspiration"
page as soon as we are back at work in the gallery.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

More Painting In The Field

I feel so lucky to enjoy this tradition of painting plein-air here in Umbria.
The weather has finally turned warm, no heavy winds to make it difficult, if not impossible.

I do these small paintings often as sketches for larger canvases I'll work on in the studio.
In the meantime, it's just nice to be outside doing what I love to do.

Getting all set up.

I have everything I need in the trunk of the car, just in case.

Janelle takes photos of me working, then walks or reads.

Trying to capture the colors of late spring.

Colors and shapes.

Me working, way down there.

I did a couple of paintings in this spot.

I really liked the farm house in the background, with blue shutters. It caught my eye as we drove by.


I hope I can get a few more small paintings done to bring back to the gallery soon. I'm finished with the large studio canvases and we'll ship those home this week.
Janelle will be posting all the new work on our website when we return. 

We don't want to leave, as always.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Two Months In: Umbria 2022

I just wrapped up my work in the studio here in Umbria. I'm finished with the larger oil on canvas pieces for this season. I'll be rolling up 14 canvases with 22 paintings in all.
It's good to have the studio clean and ready for the next visit.

We are still here for almost another month, and I'll concentrate on doing more plein-air pieces. I've done a few, but the weather hasn't been in my favor. It's going to get real nice this week, so I look forward to getting out into the countryside soon.

I've done some pencil drawings, too. I've added watercolor or gouache to these small works.
We've been to see quite a bit of art, including the Venice Biennale.
All in all, it's been a very productive trip for me. The weather kept me in the studio, and that's a good thing.

Below, just lots of photos of my time here, this Spring 2022.


Works On Paper

Studio Work

Viewing Art


I look forward to showing the paintings in the Gallery when we return. Stay tuned.