It has finally decided to rain, and the dried-up world we have been living in is slowly springing back to life. Not really sure how long it will stay this way, but even a few days is a grand change. As the thunder came in and the rain began, I decided this was the perfect morning to start a new painting. I have a number of sketches and photos still from my visit to Italy in 2011 and I can get so wrapped up in working on them. I'm breaking away from the cityscape's of Venice for awhile and have decided to work on some new pieces from the Italian countryside. The old buildings in the tiny villages have such great charm. I always wonder about the history of these buildings. I love to think of all the stories they hold.
Below is the first sketch and start of a new building. The curves of the door and the roses pouring down from the shuttered window are what originally drew me to this door. If truth be told, it is the warmth of the old stucco, warn away in places revealing the foundation. The multiple layers of paint and colors bleeding through, mixing with each other to create that warm glow so typical of many country dwellings.
Oil on Museum Quality Panel
I plan on working on this piece again tomorrow morning.
Stop back tomorrow and