Monday, September 19, 2011

Clouds, Natures Center of Emotion



As a science teacher, when we come to clouds I teach how the different types of clouds are natures weather forecasters, (usually better than the guy on the evening news).  In my paintings they take on a whole new realm of significance. They portray all that nature has to share, from the quiet of a beautiful sunset to the destructive winds of force. One of the best artist I've seen approach clouds with this understanding  is Will Hawkins. I hope you enjoy the above short video. The music is also his own recording.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

"On Top Of The Hill", an Italian country scene by S. Frank

On Top Of The Hill
6" x 8"
Oil on Museum Quality Board
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The light was fading quickly and dusk was approaching. Before long the mist would start to settle and the small villa on top of the hill would all but disappear till morning light. The rolling hills, with isolated homes and small villages of a few hundred people continue on as they have forever.



Enjoy Life Now...
It has an Expiration Date






Friday, September 9, 2011

"Italian Ruin" a brightly colored painting of a typical farm building in Italy by S. Frank

Italian Ruin
6" x 8"
Oil on Museum Quality Panel
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Old structures that have not been occupied for many years lay empty on many farms in Italy. Oh, they are used as storage sheds for hay or farming tools, just not people. Now,with the recent increase in interest brought on by the success of "Under The Tuscan Sun" and "A Thousand Days in Tuscany"as well as the traditional pull Italy has on many Americans, the Italian real estate market is flooded with property like the one pictured above ,"For Sale". What is it that pulls so hard on our heart strings? For me it is the pace of life. The slowing down, so one can enjoy and savor the moment. It was this that was the hardest for me to adjust to when I first returned from overseas, the rat-race. Always running, and always further and further behind. Over twenty years later and I am ready to slow down. I am ready to listen to my Heart!

What pulls on your heart strings? What is it saying?



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It has an Expiration Date







Tuesday, September 6, 2011

"Lavender Fields (1)" a brightly colored painting of a typical farm in Italy by S. Frank

Lavender Fields
6" x 8"
Oil on Museum Quality Board

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Today in Italy visitors will find lavender being cultivated ia similar way to Provence. For years lavender was found only in the garden, but now a small number of farmers in the Tuscan region are swithching to cultivation of the flower. You will find these farms in the plains of the Maremma down to its beautiful coast as well as in the Val d'Orcia hills and Mounte Amiata.



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It has an Expiration Date


Sunday, September 4, 2011

"Country Path (2)" bright,fresh painting of a well traveled path in Italy by S. Frank

Country Path (2)
6" x 8"
Oil on Museum Quality Board





The clean air and bright colors are truly intense in the countryside. The air has a sweetness to it in the spring. It is so similar to that smell we get right after a cleansing rain. And the colors, oh they are so intense. It reminds me of the clear, pure colors we saw in Egypt. I was always amazed that they still looked the way they do after so much time. Yet, they are the colors of the earth.

Wishing all a great Labor Day!

Enjoy Life Now...
It has an Expiration Date


S'anna

Saturday, September 3, 2011

"Country Path (1)" a bright,fresh painting of a well traveled path in Italy by S. Frank

Country Path (1)
6" x 8" Oil on Museum Quality Board
$129.00






An early morning walk on a well traveled path through the Italian country side. The morning mist burned off by the not as yet hot sun. My mind begins to wander, questioning whose feet have trodden upon this dry earth. How many have passed before me? There is a strange comfort in knowing that so many have walked this way. If I stand quietly, will I hear their passing? I love, that no matter where I go in Italy, an ancient history lies patiently to be discovered. I hope you will join me along that path of discovery.


Enjoy Life Now...
It has an Expiration Date


S'anna


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