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….


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


to be truthful, I have been thinking this morning about increasing my public….hmmm..thinking that I should put Chianti in all my tags…e voilà!..nowadays Chianti is outrageously popular…of course! When has it not been? It is beautiful. From my studio door I see undulating mountains reaching for kilometers, pale flowering fruit trees and vineyards still quiet in with their late winter pruning, a delicate warm green upon the fields and now unlaced matrons of LILACS bursting forth ..the joy of reflowering..for their moment of There are birds everywhere..(unless they have been eliminated by neostarving excontadini and copycat bourgeosie) with a hunger for 40 grams (?) of sparrow…but anyway, here at the Palagina there seem to be a moorman taberacle choir of birds that accompany me in my risveglio…awakening. But!!! says I..this is not really Chianti (faithful to dear proud friends in Radda, Gaiole, and Castellina..the true heart of Chianti since Bettino Ricasoli in the 1800’s) but this is neo-Chianti as the enthusiam grows..and spreads…obviously the wine bloggers or prebloggers have wanted to “tag” their product Chianti as well…it IS beautiful here, at Ponti agli Stolli, at Villa La Palagina, and just waiting to be painted every day, every hour in some corner of a field or around one turn of the road, Chianti “o no”.

Tuscan hills and mountains


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.