Oil on Linen
© 2011, the artist
I've been away painting in Tuscany with painters Mark Horton and Chris Groves from Charleston, SC who led a group of painters to the most magical monastery in Chianti. I had the opportunity to jump on board and assist in the workshop and paint a little throughout the week.
We had several day trips to small hill towns, my favorite of which was Radda in Chianti where I did this little painting in a square.
We were fabulously lucky to have sunny blue skies most days, and there is nothing like the contrast of light and shadow like here in Italy.
I chose this spot for the composition, the little ape truck in the corner and the colors and play of shadows. I had to battle with the wind, which had its way by tuning my easel over a few times, and humbleded me into remembering that I'm a guest here!
Our group of nearly 30 people invaded this beautiful town and we were all the talk amognst the locals that day.
After being in Rome and then going back to paint in Tuscany, I realize just how picturesque and beautiful Tuscany really is with its color harmonies of blues, greens and pinks. A life of painting in Italy is well spent!