Hazards of the Job…Rischi del Mestiere

This is just a quick note to explain why I disappeared for a while..First I had.a virus, but then I felt really unwell..so much so that I couldn’t work….as it turns out I have various slipped discs in my back all along the spine….and so, I cannot be schlepping my easel full of paints, plus extra paint and brushes and a stool and canvases or wood panels down the road and up steep hills ………..but I’ve got a solution …back to work outside soon as soon as the rains stop!!!!

Ecco una nota breve a spiegare la mia scomparsa negli ultimi mesi…Stavo male prima con un virus,ma dopo mi sentivo ancora davvero male, così male che non potevo lavorare…è venuto fuori che io ho multiple ernie al disco tutto lunga la spina, e perciò non potrò uscire portando addosso il cavalletto pieno di colori ( in tubi di piombo) in più una borsa di altri colori e pennelli, lo sgabello, delle tele o pannelli di legno, prendendo la strada su e giù per  boschi e colline …..ma! mi è venuta la soluzione..presto ritornerò fuori a dipingere appena finiscono queste piogge!!!!

Questo non c’è più..this one is gone…..

The beautiful elm tree was my reason for doing this painting….and then the rest..oil on canvas 45cm x 60 cm..L’olmo bello grande era il motivo dietro questo dipinto..e poi tutto il resto…olio su tela……autunno 2011….Part of the Palagina exhibition it was sold to a good family….Faceva parte della mostra alla Palagina, è stato venduto a persone meritvoli..

Paintings in the Exhibition…a few of them…Alcuni dei quadri esibiti a Villa La Palagina

A quick watercolor sketch from my studio of the road winding through the hills towards Greve…..un bozzetto i acquarello della strada Grevigiana vista dallo studio mio…..Ponte agi Stolli

A small..22cm x 40m…winter painting of the old farmhouse with the Pratomagno mountains beyond..un piccolo bozzetto del podere con dietro le montgne di Pratomagno sopra Valdarno..inverno..2012
Comings and Goings……65 cm x 125…oil on canvas/ olio su tela…11/2011….

Details..Particolari

oil on wood panel ..68cm x 98 cm hexagon..portrait of Andrea

I’m sorry these are slightly out of focus…my eyes are not what they were even with glasses….after years of “au plein air” painting….

The full image…these colors are not quite true …and it is an elongated octogon….l’imagine completo un’esogono allungato…

Lo sviluppo di uno dei miei quadri…the development of one of my paintings

primo stadio di lavoro dopo 5 +/- di lavoro..first stage after 5 hours of work..early March..l’inizio di marzo

Secondo stadio fotografato dopo qualche settimana..quasi tutti elimenti ci sono…second stage after a few weeks of work ..almost all elements of the painting are down

Almost the end stage..quasi la fine….as time has passed the light and the colors have changed..con il passaggio del tempo i colori e la luce sono cambiati …fine marzo..the end of March

After the Storm

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Tuscan hills
After the Storm
Another “au plein air” painting in oil done at the same time of day with similar weather conditions over a period of weeks.. I liked the tumultuous sky and the darkness of the land in contrast but a shared movement with the land. This is a painting done in the milder midday of January.The sky was the first element done and the most exciting and the rest of the picture was done congruent with that atmosphere. It measure 50 cm x 70 cm.

Tuscan hills and mountains

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One of my best friends asked me to paint this view from the small town near her country home and so I did with improvisations. The place is Ponte agli Stolli, above Figline Valdarno, near Florence. She wanted a cat..the placement was mine, it leads the eye into the picture..there is also a dog for her husband, a cyclist for reality, and birds for the cat and me. The painting was mostly done “au plein air” on a wooden panel with oil paints. It is, of course, part of a private collection in Italy.