31 March 2010

Day 67: The Kiosk, San Niccolò


I was eyeing this spot a few weeks ago and had to be over this way this afternoon, so I stopped to paint here in the morning. In the summer this barely noticable park turns into a zoo, which Florence's only "beach" below. This is a happening bar, which one would never guess now.
I couldn't believe the weather today, the wind was freezing and whipping up a storm. The clouds were moving at a high speed pace and it actually rained for about 10 minutes while I was painting even though the sun was shining.
Today I really felt like my enthusiasm for the adventure that is landscape painting was waining. With the wind and rain and just the constantly changing light I really felt like painting a still life with a hot cup of tea in the comfort of my house. And with that said, once I got into the painting (and it stopped raining) I forgot about my complaints and did enjoy being outside. I always feel more alive in the end being outside and feeling a part of the world.

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Day 66: Rain on the River


Today's painting was an experiment and memory exercise. I was down on the river and this scene was there, with the darkest purple sky I've ever seen. Of course along with that sky came the heaviest rain. Even though I had parked myself under the bridge anticipating the rain, the wind blew the rain all over my palette and painting and I had to jump ship. So I used what I had down already and what I remembered in order to finish up this painting. It's pretty fun actually working on a painting away from the site and trying to remember the big relationships of color and value between the objects. I think I will do this more often and challenge myself, not only to remember the scene and take away just the important essentials, but also for the benefit of creating what seems right in the moment for the painting and not just copying what's there, only because it's there.


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29 March 2010

Day 65: In the Gardens

It seems like it takes multiple times of repeating something to have it sink in. Today I learned another valuable lesson (again) about what I like to paint. I went by to see some friends and their various studios earlier today and saw all of the cool and interesting projects that they’re working on. I then got the idea in my mind that I needed to go and paint a great big, interesting beautiful landscape. You can probably guess what ensued from here. I spent lots of time riding around looking and looking some more to find something to fit the idea I had in my mind instead of being open to what was already there. I ended up in the Horticultural gardens and thought to paint people sitting in the park enjoying the sun. I was set on this idea of a “scene”. When I went to lock up my bike, I saw this bench. I immediately thought that I loved the light and what was probably the only empty bench in the entire park. I still proceeded to walk all around to find the exact right spot.

In the end, I thought it might just be silly or crazy, at the least a little odd to paint this empty bench in the park, I mean to make an entire painting just about that. But I did it because in the end it was what caught my attention and interested me above everything else. In the end I’m glad I painted this, it was fun and a little different.

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Day 64: Nightime in the Kitchen

I had this painting in mind on and off and decided that today was the day to try it out, especially since it’s been awhile since I did an interior. Looking at the painting after the fact, the single pot on the stove leaves me with a feeling of loneliness, which is how most all of these night time interiors feel to me. If I think about it, cooking for one can be lonely sometimes. Originally I wanted to use a big red pot that we used to have, but I burnt soup in it and we had to throw it out. Luckily we still have the cover, so I think it gives a bit of color to the otherwise monochromatic picture.

Today was actually a gorgeous day. The sun was coming and going all day long and the wind was whipping up a storm. I had my usually lazy Sunday mentality of wanting to take it easy, so I visited with friends and went out for brunch. I did also paint today. Since it was the first day of daylight savings time, there was so much daylight, the day felt so long! But I wasn’t painting for the project today, I was working on a bigger painting that will take longer than just one afternoon.

I will be going back to the U.S. in a few weeks and decided that I would really like to have some bigger paintings to bring back with me, and I also wanted to start some bigger paintings to see what that’s like after painting only small paintings for the last 2 months straight. I have to say that going to a big canvas feels like being turned loose in a candy store! It’s so much fun to get out big brushes and use big piles of paint and just cover a lot of space, it’s freeing. Before I started this project I was never really sure how to approach a big painting, now I feel more confident and excited.

So, what I’ve decided to do is share my progress on some bigger paintings with you weekly. You can click here to go to the website and see what I’ve started. So far they’re just starts, but each Sunday I’ll send you the link to the updates in the paintings and if you’re interested you can have a look.

I hope you had a relaxing, full and fun Sunday as I did. Thanks for following my progress, it’s so wonderful to have the chance to share my work with you!

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27 March 2010

Day 63: Looking Towards Sachall



Today was the most beautiful day with these huge round clouds sailing through the air. The landscape was changing constantly with the light and shadows jumping around with the sun coming in and out from behind the clouds. This was painted from a bridge that has a lower deck which is perfect for painting because it blocked the wind, sun and the noise of the traffic from the bridge.
I've painted in this spot before from a different point of view and fell in love with it. Then one day sometime after having painted here, I was looking through a book of assorted Italian impressionist painters and I saw this same view in a painting by Signorini. Of course the view was different, because back then this bridge wasn't here yet, but this villa was.
It's a funny feeling sometimes to paint the same thing that has been painted in the past. It's really cool actually. It's funny to think about that our taste in the end hasn't changed that much over time, that there are some things that attract us that are timeless. This brings to mind Marc Dalessio and friends here in Florence who once went searching for a famous Corot (Bridge at Narni )landscape to try and repaint it, and, well, it just wasn't the same place as when Corot was there. (here is the link if you want to see their video about the trip.. Bridge at Narni Video)
Italy is great that way, for sure at least someone has already painted wherever it is you choose to plant your easel. Just imagine all the masterpieces that we'll never have the chance to see..

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26 March 2010

Day 62: Misty Morning on the Path


To be honest, if it weren’t for this project, this is the kind of day where I really wouldn’t even give painting a second thought. Instead I would gladly take the excuse of bad weather and find other things to do. I’m so glad to be doing this project! I used to think that only certain kind of days were good for painting, namely sunny ones. If that were the case, I would have only painted about 3 days in the last month. The opportunity I’ve discovered in painting these overcast days is a new palette of warm and cool blues, reds and light greens. It’s beautiful right now with these misty mornings and I am actually really enjoying painting this landscape. Now that the leaves are coming I think I will sorely miss this landscape, who would have ever guessed?!

There is endless value in making a painting a day, think of all the things I’ve been missing until now..

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25 March 2010

Day 61: Afternoon on the Terrace, Florence


Today was a gloriously beautiful day in Florence. I immediately knew that this was the perfect place to paint today, the best terrace in the whole city.

I've seen a lot of great apartments in this town, but this one, Judy's house, is by far my favorite. It's an apartment on the top floor of an old tower at the corner of the Ponte Vecchio and is above most of the city with awesome views all around, you really can't beat it. It's the most lovely apartment and while you feel instantly at home upon entering here, you still can't help but be in the presence of the beauty that is Florence.

Having such a little canvas I knew I couldn't capture the whole of the place, but I did want to give a sense of the aftternoon light coming in. I was intimidated by this composition at first, it seemed too complicated a task to tackle in a single afternoon session, but I dove in and just tried to get the overall sense of light and feeling of the place.

Over and over again I choose subjects that I'm not sure I know how to paint. Instead of choosing something easier I just go for what I want to paint because some quality about the light and composition attracted me in the first place. I keep surprising myself, that really if I just try and get the big sense of light and shadow and take my time, putting one thing down at a time and relating it to its surroundings, at some point I have a painting! Painting never ceases to amaze me, that I can put colors on a canvas a make a picture seems like a miracle newly discovered each time. I am in awe of painting and of the endless beautiful situations and scenes that are out there just waiting to be painted and that keep presenting themselves to me. I really feel lucky to have the oppotunity to take the time and try and paint them. Painting each day is quite a humbling experience; not knowing how to accomplish a painting each time and just figuring it out as I go is exciting and inspiring. It also keeps reminding me that I can paint anything I like, I just have to try, and if it doesn't come out the first time, just go back and do it another time and another until I get what I'm looking for.

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24 March 2010

Day 60: Morning in the Park, San Frediano


This morning I knew that I wanted to paint in this neighborhood. I used to go running in this park and paint down by the river below in the summer time, so I went here for comfort or out of my sentimental attachment to the place.

What caught my eye about this composition in particular is I like the light under the deep darkness of the trees. When I started painting I wasn't sure at all that this painting would turn out, it seemed akward and unconvincing at first. Once I got to putting in the dark contrasted with the light, it just came together.

Only a few people stopped to talk to me today, either older people going to walk in the park or people with their children. One guy stopped to shake my hand and tell me that he thought that I was a good painter and that he wasn't just making fun of me. That really made me laugh out loud!

Some days I really like painting outside in public places, I feel like I'm somehow involved in what's going on in the world, even if I am just painting a moment in time. Being in a studio I think I would feel like I were missing the action of every day life. Even if nothing eventful happened, life was happening all around and I was glad to be there for it this morning.

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23 March 2010

Day 59: Bar Olympia

All morning I rode around looking for just the right light or place or thing to paint. Finally I got tired of the search and went back home for lunch. After lunch I went across the street to the bar, and I thought why not stay close to home today? It occured to me to paint the bar across the street where I go just about every day for one thing or another.

The “bar” in Italy is the hub of social life. It's not just a place to go and have a drink (although you can do that too..), but it's where you have coffee, meet friends for lunch, recharge your cell phone, buy cigarettes or a lotto ticket and just generally meet up before going on to your next activity. There's a bar on at least every corner and it's usually packed.

Bar Olympia near my house is generally crowded with the local old men who argue about politics or the soccer game. They're always blocking the front door and gesticulating wildly so that you almost have to shout to get by. People also park their motor bikes up on the sidewalk right in front instead of on the street, making it a maze just to get in and out.

I don't know what Italian life would be without the bar, boring to say the least!

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22 March 2010

Day 58: View from Ponte all'Indiano


Today I remembered that years ago I met a man here in florence who did an entire show of paintings from various points along the Arno. Now I can understand why. It's a subject that I have yet to tire of and on a day like today where I felt like I needed some peace and quiet and wasn't up for painting in the city, the Arno is where I go.

This morning was a battle. It's another gray day and I did everything but get my things together to go and paint; laundry, dishes, etc. Now I'm sure no one else has this experience also widely known as procrastination, but I was having a huge bought of it today. I felt sluggish and unmotivated, inpiration for painting was the farthest thing from my mind. But I did get myself out the door and decided that what I needed was a good long bike ride. Getting my blood pumping I started to wake up. I went all the way out of the city and just kept going. When the trail came to an end I stopped and looked around, this was the view from up above the river at the dead end in the road.

In the end I was suprised by how really inspired I was to paint. This view was just gorgeous and was happy to have found it. It seems that I will never conquer or rid myself of procrastination, but I can go ahead and paint anyway.

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Day 57: Spring in the Garden



It hit me all of a sudden today that spring has arrived. Even though it's raining and the sky is gloomy, the peach trees are in bloom.
With the on again off again rain today I had to jump in and paint at what I thought was the most opportune moment. It of course began to rain after awhile and at a certain point I couldn't mix the paint anymore because the droplets of water made the paint all sticky!
Today I had a new painting experience. Because of the rain I made a choice to simplify the composition and just put what I thought were the most interesting elements in the painting. It rendered the painting a little dreamy and even though I'm always editing when painting, I did so to a degree that I haven't done before. I'm actually pretty excited about this, it's a first step for me towards the more creative/interpretive (or maybe artistic) side of painting. Although every painting is an interpretation and arrangement, mine have always been as close to what I see as I am able to execute. For some reason I haven't allowed myself the liberty to arrange in a more free or "artistic" way. I never did this before mostly for lack of experience, thinking I wouldn't know how to arrange a composition differently left entirely up to me.What I realized today is that the choices I make in the palette, the composition and how to bring it all together are just as much part of the painting as painting from observation. I mean an artist needs nature to observe and then is free to arrange and interpret, that's the whole beauty of art!
I was really thinking about this this afernoon when a friend jokingly said to me, "Why don't you just take a picture? You would be done working a lot sooner and have more free time to hang out with your friends!"

Obviously most of the work in my painting will still be in the know-how aspect, but I like and am excited by the development of the technical skill together alongside the artistic imaginative part and how to make them work together. I think that this is what we call art.
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20 March 2010

Day 56: Sleepy Saturday in the Kitchen


I'm calling this one Sleepy Saturday, because that's exactly what I am today, sleepy! It's been looking like it's going to rain for the last 2 days now, and today was the perfect day to stay in bed and read a book or watch a movie. The next best thing after staying in bed (since that was not an option..) was going to visit with friends.

As I was painting this I realized how slowly I was painting! One long slow brushstroke at a time, as if the heavy cloud cover was having an effect on my hand. I don't usually paint this way, slow and steady. If the paintbrush were a piece of chalk on the blackboard it would have been squeeking away all morning long.

As always I'm glad I got up and out and going instead of staying in bed, in the end I feel better for it, even if I am a little sleepy.

I love going to visit this house and the kitchen is great with it's little balcony. That's a funny thing in Florence, you never know what you'll encounter walking into someone's building. You could enter the most spectacular apartment in the dumpiest looking building with a lush beautiful garden and you never would have suspected from the street, it's all hidden behind the foreboding walls. There's an endless world of discovery in this small city.

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19 March 2010

Day 55: Afternoon at the Racetrack


That’s right, Florence even has a horse track. I’ve never been here before and got in through the open service gate. It’s an odd but beautiful place. I’ve never been to a horse racetrack, but this one is all grass and wild and grown up around the edges. Then it has the most spectacular view with the city and hills in the distance. I was a little nervous that someone would come and tell me to leave, but I didn’t see a soul.

Maybe I shouldn’t say so, but I think that this painting is a little odd, and I like it for that. I can see doing a big painting here if I got up the courage to venture farther into the place instead of staying on the outskirts like I did today. With a wider view you could show the whole track and the city in the distance or maybe the empty stands.

Today I realized that this project is presenting me with so many opportunities, one of them being exploring places that I’ve either never been to in the city or seeing them with a different eye.Going out to paint every day is seeing the city not as a tourist, but not as a native either, just as an observer. I’m sure that if I grew up in Florence I would chose entirely different subject matter, but I can’t say. Some of my favorite places I just don’t consider paintable or have yet to find a composition in them. Painting a place requires a different mindset, it’s not one of relaxing or hanging out, or even to go and enjoy a place per se, but rather finding something interesting in that moment that’s just right because of the light that day. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen something I want to paint and then have gone back another day only to have it look completely different and therefore not the painting that I was looking for.

Well today I’ve added a new spot to my list of cool places to paint and I’m glad I could share it with you.

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18 March 2010

Day 54: The Flower Stand, S. Ambrogio


This is the best market in Florence. It has everything: fruit, vegetables, bread, meat, cheese, clothes, spices and of course flowers. And it’s all fresh, it’s quite a sight! There’s even a little restaurant inside where you can eat tripe sandwiches (or a hamburger, if you’re American).

Today there was a strike at the market, in fact I was surprised to see the flower vendor there. All of the fruit and vegetable vendors were on strike in protest of the city’s new proposed tax hike for the vendors here.

I thought that today must really be my lucky day because usually it’s just a mob of people, painting would be difficult, if not impossible. In my opinion, the utter chaos is part of the beauty of the market, but even though I’ve thought about it many times, I’ve just never dared attempt to paint it. Today there were just a few people, so I set up to paint. As soon as I set up my easel a car came and parked right in front of me, so I moved over. Then, when I went to put my canvas on the easel I realized that the wingnut that holds the canvas tight in place was missing. I went to the hardware shop nearby to get a new one but they were out. The second shop had one, but then I realized that I only had 4 cents! They laughed at this and gave me the wingnut for 4 cents! Once I finally got painting a woman with a video camera approached me, already filming. She asked me a whole series of questions about the market, did I shop there? Do I paint here often? etc. Even though I was a little shy about being filmed, it was fun and it turns out that she is doing research on the economics of the markets in Italy. When she sends me the video I’ll post it for you on the blog site.

Anyway, I would normally never attempt a painting here, and I didn’t have a lot of time, they were already taking everything down before I finished. But not only was today’s timing perfect with the lack of people, but the painting a day project has really put me into a mindset of just going for it, to just go for what I want to paint, whether or not I think I will be successful or know how. I got a lot of passing commentary today with mixed reviews, but I know that the real point of making this painting is just because I want to try, and what am I waiting for?

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17 March 2010

Day 53: John Deere


I felt really lucky today when I found this tractor, really! Not only have I been wanting to paint one, but I spent all morning looking for a place to paint. I even started another painting somewhere else and abandoned it halfway through, it just wasn’t working out and thought it better to cut my losses.

I walked and walked looking for something to catch my eye. I stopped in a park on the river, telling myself that I was being too picky and now was the time to find something and go for it, the bells were ringing all around meaning it was already noon. I then proceeded to walk all around the park, circling at least 3 times. I even called a friend to ask him what he was painting today. When he told me that he was in his studio working on a self-portrait, I knew that I had to find something and fast, I didn’t want to lose the whole day.

I decided to take a quick walk down by the river and if I didn’t see anything there that caught my eye then I would really just pick something in the park. When I walked down the path and turned the corner, here was my miracle, the John Deere.

I had a chance in the U.S. to paint a tractor, but I told myself that maybe it was just too silly, like a kid who loves to play with toy tractors. But this time today, I knew it was what there was to paint.

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16 March 2010

Day 52: The Flea Market, Piazza dei Ciompi


This is a unique place in Florence. It's a weird little permanent flea market in the middle of town chock full of old treasures. The city declared it an eyesore last year and said that they are moving it farther out of the center to a newer baren piazza. I don't know the latest with the story, but for now it's still here, and I like the eceltic look of it in the otherwise formal aestetic of the city.

I rode around a lot this morning unsure of what to paint. I found this spot, but it was less than ideal. In order to really get the larger view that I would have liked, I would have needed to stand back farther, but I couldn't as the whole place is blocked by cars, trucks, motor scooters and bicycles chained to the surronding fence. So today's lesson for me was one in composing. I took what I had and composed this little view into one of the stalls at the market. I wedged myself between a car and a van to paint this, with one leg of the easel up on the sidewalk and the others inbetween the cars. Getting creative! What caught my attention, apart for my general affection of the run down look of the place in the middle of this Renissance town, was the contrast of the light and shadow. I love the effect of the strong light here in Italy, it has it's own unique feel to it.

Today not too many people stopped to look or chat, just a few tourists who wanted to take my picture and a shop owner who was glad to see a painter out working. I'm glad I made it work and was able to get a painting of this place in the end because it is what I wanted to paint, but at first just didn't know how to make it work in less than perfect circumstances.

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15 March 2010

Day 51: Hazy Morning, Florence



Waking up early this morning and seeing the haze hanging low over the city, I knew that I would have to look for a composition to suit this weather, I couldn’t just pick anything to paint today. Although I know it well, I’ve never painted this morning haze. I associate it with Florence, and more summer than any other time of year. You know it’s going to be an unbearably hot day here when that smoggy haze is hanging on the horizon. I rode my bike over to one of the bridges and found it to be a perfect spot to go down on the river to get a view of the city.

At first I felt a little frantic, trying to get it all down as quickly as possible in fear of the hazy effect vanishing. But it did stay long enough to paint, and it was completely foreign, I’ve never painted this kind of light before. Standing down by the water, the reflection of that white sky was nearly blinding. I also don’t think I’ve ever painted a sky without any blue in it before and was constantly mixing and remixing trying to figure out how to handle the palette of this particular light effect. I went back and forth between putting only blues in the mix to adding some warm reds and yellows, I just wasn’t sure and so had to rely on my instincts about how to mix the palette. Now I’m curious to go and look at Whistler and Monet and their famous foggy morning paintings to see how they handled the situation. Even if smoggy haze in Florence isn’t really the same as fog on the Thames, it does result in a similar effect.

It’s mornings like these, when I find myself in a situation that is not predictable, where I have no precedence to go on, that I feel like I’m really learning to paint, no matter the final result. The effort of being there and figuring it out in the moment lets me know that I’m evolving. And I've gotta appreciate mother nature, she’s always keeping me on my toes! The more I paint the more I realize that there is no arriving. What I mean is that there is no place that once I get there that I will then be a painter and understand how to paint any and every situation, so then I can just sit back and relax making dozens of masterpieces. Instead I’m realizing that the whole act of painting is an experiment, a never ending journey, so expecting to arrive at some kind of final understanding can only lead to frustration and disappointment. If instead I keep in mind that as long as I paint I will be learning to paint, then I can relax and concentrate and not worry that everyone else has got it all figured out besides me.

Who knows if I would have really taken on painting if someone had told me this ahead of time, but I’m already in the game now, so why not play?

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14 March 2010

Day 50: Foggy Morning Under Certosa



I set up to paint this spot with the thick morning fog and after about 5 minutes it began to lift, so I had to be quicker than I thought. This is my impression of this beautiful little foggy hilltop this morning.
After the fog lifted completly I walked down into this place to get a better look, it seemed like an interesting spot. I decided to paint here and as I was setting up an old man resembling a troll came out of a falling down doorway to tell me to get outta there and to go paint somewhere else. He reccomended that I go up the hill to paint the monastery where I had just come from. I was so bummed, really! It was such a great spot with falling down houses and crumbling sheds and leaning doorways, I could immediately see lots of little paintings here. This is the first time that someone has told me to leave their property in Italy, too bad, but I have been really lucky thus far.
So then I just walked all around looking for something else to paint, but nothing caught my attention like that spot with the old houses, so after a good effort of looking and walking I took the bus back to the city. Definately not a completely lost morning, just another adventure. Luckily there are an infinite amount of gorgeous things and places to paint in Italy, so I'm not worried about it.

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13 March 2010

Day 49: Under Construction



Today was a beautiful day, foggy in the morning and then sunny all afternoon. Out of all the possibilities, I chose this tree in a construction zone to paint! Somehow it seemed like the thing to paint today, even with the whole wide city of Florence out there. Sometimes it's easier to just pick one thing and do that, especially with a small canvas to work with, then I don't have the chance to get overwhelmed.

It was still chilly but finally the sun came out, and it seemed like the entire city of Florence was outside today. I think part of the reason I chose this spot is that it is fenced off and I had to walk down a ditch and under a bridge to get here, so it was a little secluded haven in the middle of the throngs of people enjoying the sunny day. Either way I hope that this is a sign of spring to come.

I hope you're having good weather wherever you are, it's always seems to feel lucky to have good weather on the weekend!
Talk to you tomorrow, and as always I have no idea what tomorrow will bring..

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12 March 2010

Day 48: Piazza Tasso, Corner of Via della Chiesa



Everyone in Florence loves this neighborhood, it's still a real neighborhood with old school Florentines. I had no idea what I would paint since it was raining on and off, and I stopped here, planting my easel under the eaves of a building. At first I didn't think the painting would be all about this cool little car, but I'm learning to keep the paintings more focused rather than always attempting a larger scene on my small canvas. Half of the car was improvised, as someone stopping for lunch parked right in front of it.

I was thinking that this was going to be tough to paint, and it was a challenge, but I had fun making it. I don't think I've ever put a car in a painting, which is probably one of the main reasons why I've painted so few city scapes, but Florence is packed with cars, so here's a first attempt of most likely many to come. Despite the rain and cold I'm happy to have gone outside painting today, it was a good day for it.

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11 March 2010

Day 47: Looking Upstream, Winter on the Arno



Standing on the banks of the Arno outside of Florence with no one around, just the sound of the water rushing by, I loved this moment. Today I realized that these are the moments that I paint for, I mean what makes me want to paint or even care to give it my all or to try and get better, these moments of silence. As a result I also realized that staying in my house to paint just because it's cold doesn't inspire me (and it probably doesn't inspire you either)!

I was thinking about the project today and thinking what an opportunity it is to push myself each day to make my best painting and more importantly to share my work with you. Maybe I haven't been so present to this opportunity since I came to Florence. I think I've been worried about having to paint the scenes that I have in my mind that everyone wants to see and will recognize as Florence. I haven't been painting those because many times they honestly just don't inspire me. Florence is beautiful to walk around and ride your bike in, to hang out and eat ice cream, drink wine and listen to music, goof off with your friends in the piazza in the evenings. But I've spent endless hours walking around looking for that scene that I want to paint with no luck.
And sometimes I do find it, I mean in the last 5 years of living here I have made paintings around Florence that I love and that I think capture a moment in the city, but many times I find inspiration elsewhere in unpredictable places.

I guess the point here is that today I found this spot and it really inspired me, it made me love painting again and I want to find that more days than not. In the end I see that every day is just part of the journey: weather I be inspired or uninsired, make a good paitning or a lousy one, it's just all part of the process. So thank you for coming along for the ride!

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10 March 2010

Day 46: Ode to Zecchi's



Anyone who has lived, visited or painted in Florence recognizes these bottles. They come from the famous art shop Zecchi’s. These bottles are to found laying around everywhere along with little paintings of them; I’m certainly not the first or last person to make a painting of them! They’re irresistible, the linseed oil ones at least with their brilliant yellow glow.

I think we can safely say that this leg of the project is to be known as bizarre still lives. This painting was quite a challenge, as all of the still lives are proving to be. Making a painting in one sitting, pushing around that oily paint without the chance for it to dry, or to come back to it later with a fresh eye is the biggest challenge with these little paintings. It makes me have to think about how to approach the painting in the most economical way. I can’t say that I have been too successful in this feat, but the thought process is valuable and is forcing me to be more careful yet decisive in my brushstrokes. I noticed today how many times I don’t always put down the correct value and color where it belongs, but create more work for myself by letting myself put down something that is “close enough” and then have to go back later and scrape away and redo. This process not only takes longer to make a finished painting, but it also makes it more difficult to be precise and clear about what is where and things start getting muddy.

A good lesson, and one that I will take to heart for future paintings. (and maybe this could apply to other areas of life as well)

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09 March 2010

Day 45: Going Skiing


Well, it's an amazing day in Florence, it's snowing! So far it's just that wet stuff and it isn't sticking, but hopefully tonight it will keep snowing and then we can have a nice blanket to go and paint tomorrow, that would really be fantastic.

It snowed a lot for a few days here in Florence (a rare thing) back in December but I missed it, so maybe this time I'll have the chance to paint it: I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Anyhow, you can see I am prepared with my ski boots, so as soon as I get the chance I'll grab these and go up to the mountains and go skiing.

I wish I were better at skiing, I have mixed feelings about it. Sometimes it's just so fun, but then other times when I attempt a slope that is just past my ability I get nervous and scared, and then tend to fall and not enjoy the experience of making my way down the slope.

The last time I went skiing I was thinking about this and the things that skiing and painting (and I'm sure many other things that are challenging) have in common. Of course they all take practice to become competent and feel comfortable enough to even begin to enjoy them. At first you just feel akward and uncomfortable and don't have any fun at all, but then I guess there is something that tells us that the rewards are worth sticking with something long enough to get proficent in it, that if we do you can feel on top of the world.

Skiing, the act of sliding down a hill on these flat things at a pretty fast pace seems silly, but no sillier than painting a picture, just for the sake of it, just for the fun or challenge or experience of the thing, just because one is called to do it. The act just somehow makes you remember that you're alive.

There is this tension that exsists in skiing that also happens while painting. If I get nervous and think I'm scared or that the slope is too hard, I tense up and start to fall and get no enjoyment out of the experience. There is a whole immediate connection between my mind and body. If I tell myself that I'm fine, I'm doing good and that this is actually supposed to be fun, then I can relax and go down the hill. Maybe I fall, or maybe I make new headway in my ability, but either way I am enjoying the moment and my surroundings. This kind of tension between being vigil but relaxed, like thinking but keeping your mind empty at the same time and open to encounter whatever is there in the painting and paint it as I see it and not as I think it should be, this is the challenge in painting and I think where all the learning really happens.

Boy, picking a ski boot just to be fun about the snow here today, I didn't realize what a challenge this would be, and an exercise in not only drawing but values. The boot was painted mostly in black and white, and it was hard!

Hope you're having good weather wherever you are. If you're in Florence, call me and let's go skiing this week!

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08 March 2010

Day 44: In Ben's Studio



Setting up outside today, I just whimped out. The artic wind was howling and I decided to call over to a friend who has a studio nearby to see if I could go and paint there. Sometimes it's nice to have the company as well: we were a studio full,each working on their seperate projects, and I was happy for it. There is a whole block of these lovely studios built specifically as artists' studios in Florence and they are fantastic. In my little canvas I didn't capture the height of the ceilings and 2-story window, but maybe that can be the subject for another painting.
I think next winter that I might need a studio, a real one with heat. I know I'm not supposed to say this, but right now I kind of like not having a studio. It makes painting more interesting and way less predictable. All of the sudden the whole world becomes a potential composition and doesn't have to be arranged with that same "studio" light. I think not having a studio also presents a painter with a whole other set of challenges. It can be tricky being organized enough to drag all of your things with you everywhere you go and to manage to stay clean. Also no one wants to come to visit if you have bags of stinky bottles and paint rags lying around, and your friends don't always want these things in their house either. (I hang my paint rag bags out the window..)
Still, I hope I won't be forever without a studio, but for now it seems like part of my adventure and it works.
Ben has a great studio, even someone who's not an artist would envy it. I feel lucky to get the chance to share it for a day.

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07 March 2010

Day 43: Rollerskate



What has gotten into me painting these objects, I really can't say, but I am having fun. I fouind these rollerskates and bought them just before my birthday so that I could go skating in the park. I wasn't as good as when I was a kid, but I'm sure it will come back with practice.
I would have painted the pair, but my canvas is just too small, but you get the idea with just the one. This really was fun to paint, even if it didn't start out that way. This is the second painting, I wiped out the first one.
There is something psycological about Sunday where I think that I shouldn't work or do anything except go for a walk, do laundry and clean the house. Where did this idea come from anyway? I made a lazy start on the first painting and it showed, there was just no way to recover it, so I took a nap and then got serious about my second attempt and here you have the result.
The collective ideas we have about work are funny, they're just some kind of programming, like that we shouldn't work on Sunday. When you actually enjoy your work, why not work on Sunday and make time for the other things as well? This is the problem I encounter, managing my time to have all that I want happen in a day. There's time enough in a day to paint, relax, clean and do whatever else I can imagine. I think I'll have to change the way I think about Sunday.
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06 March 2010

Day 42: Winter Morning, Apennenine Mountains



I wasn't kidding about that artic wind yesterday, so as a result there was snow on the mountains this morning, beautiful! I found this spot in a wet field on the side of the road. (Sorry about the bad photo..)
I guess I spend a lot of time complaining about winter, but really with a big coat and good wool hat (plus it's really not that cold here..) winter can make for a beautiful subject to paint.

Today the sun was shining and there wasn't a cloud in the sky, just what I was waiting for. And I did what I said, after this painting I started a bigger one, not of this composition but another scene nearby, as the light had changed by the time I finished this one. I was pretty tired after working on this and the big painting, I need to get my stamina built up so that I can do some longer paintings.

That's all for today. As always I have no idea what tomorrow will bring, but I am looking forward to it.

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05 March 2010

Day 41: Signs of Spring



Today with the artic wind blowing and rain threating I went into my friend's garden looking for a cool view to paint. Not finding anything that captured my interest and freezing after just 5 minutes, I spotted these miniture daffodils. Perfect! Today they were the only affirmative sign of better weather to come.

I never painted daffodils before thinking that the yellow would be too tricky, especially in the shadows, but these were small and really fun, not the challenge that I had imagined. I think I will get some big ones and paint those this week if the bad weather continues.

Actually, I realized today that I'm almost halfway through the project. And although I have no idea what's next, I think that it is time that I start working on some bigger paintings that take longer than one sitting. The thing that I love about these one shot paintings is their freshness, spontaneity and diversity in subject matter. I'm definately gaining a new perspective on what's paintable and going for new challenges like I never have before. For me I think the challenge in a larger and longer painting will be to maintain the freshness and the spontanaiety over many sessions. This will be a new and interesting challenge.
Today's painting is simple and in it's simplicity there is something that reminds me of spring.

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04 March 2010

Day 40: Jessica's Sewing Room



Today I was grateful for the rain and to Jessica for letting me spend the morning in her beautiful place. As I sat down to paint this, thoughts of the Welsch painter Gwen John came rushing into my head. I haven't thought about her in years, maybe since college, but today she was everpresent. And while painting this I had the experience of there being something both distinctly feminine and haunting about this interior.

Many times there is something haunting about interiors, especially with the objects of a person left behind without them physically being there. This is something I have been thinking about for a long time in painting, and not just with interiors: absence as presence or the power of silence. Even if I am not always successful at communicating this idea, it is there for me many times, especially in the manmade landscape and now with these interior paintings.

This project is really cool, if for nothing else for the chance to discover these aspects of myself and my painting that I had no idea about. I would have never guessed to have liked or being able to pull off interior paintings, but now I am intrigued and will pursue some larger canvases with interiors. I've always wanted to paint landscapes because I prefer being outside and also because I always thought that I was never any good at drawing, so landscapes would somehow be more managable with my weaker drawing skills. I wonder how many other assumptions I have about myself that keep me from exploring new avenues?

Unpredictability is the beauty of this project, as I was also sure that today's blog would talk about all the cool apartments that are being continually discovered here in Florence, but I think I'll just save that for another time.
Thanks for reading, you really are a good sport- I may just write more than I paint..

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03 March 2010

Day 39: Rainy Day, Piazza SS Annunziata



Raining again! It started raining as I was painting here this morning in one of my favorite squares in Florence, so this is today's result..
I think that this is really a special piazza in Florence, and it is one of the few without cars, so even when it's busy it has a certain silence to it. I don't know that you can tell from the painting, but the piazza is a straight shot to the famous Duomo down Via dei Servi.
In terms of painting in the streets of Florence, now is the time to be here (aside from the endless string of rainy days) because the city is relatively empty compared to the summer when the tourist season is in full swing and then it can be difficult to even get down certain streets. Now it's quiet and there are just people going to work and school and not really hanging around to chat in the square because of the weather.
I'll admit that it does take a bit of courage to set up your easel and paint in a square, you become a target and everyone wants to comment on your paitning. (You're doing good, how's it coming?, I don't think it looks anything like the real thing, etc. etc. etc.) Pretending like no one's there watching doesn't really work! In the end of course it's worth it to get the practice in of painting there, in the spot where I really want to paint.

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02 March 2010

Day 38: Canvas Pliers



It may seem silly to paint these, but in thinking about it there is nothing silly about them. I mean, I went through so many bad pairs of these canvas pliers, that I found it easier to stretch canvas with my hands at a certain point. But then I found these! I worship them, they really do make my life easier, even if I have taken to painting on tiny 6x8" boards instead of canvas these last 38 days..
There is something fun and engaging about painting these singular objects. Today of course was another rainy day in Florence,but ended up gloriously beautiful by late afternoon. Spring is already here, it's warm, warm, warm, so in the meantime here is my ode to objects!

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01 March 2010

Day 37: Fountain in Piazza della Libertà


Last year I saw this square in an earlier form (before traffic exsisted..) in a 19th-century painting in an exhibit here in Florence and it looked like a much more enjoyable place with wide gardens and the avenue. Now it is one of the many entrances to the old city, marked with the tower or old door which was part of the gates to the city. This square is maybe not one of the most peaceful in Florence as it is completely encircled by multiple lanes of traffic, but it is still majestic with its triumphal arch (that I felt was a little too overwhelming to squeeze into my little canvas).
The word libertà in Italian means both freedom and liberty (they only have one word where we have two) as I discovered when an Italian asked me once what the difference is between these two words. My best on the spot answer was that freedom is inherent and liberties are given to you by the state or government. But now I'm not entirely sure that's the case every time. Either way, the fact that we do have this disction is distinctly American and a huge part of our culture. What does it have to do with today's painting? I'm not really sure of that either, except that being an American abroad, one is always comparing and contrasting and wondering if we are really so different..

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