Painting in the Park, Royal Drawing School

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River Thames,view from Battersea Park

This summer the “Painting in the Park” workshop gave me the opportunty to paint in London, around some of its magnificient outdoor locations

The workshop is part of The Royal Drawing School Summer programme

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By the Prince Albert Bridge

The group met everyday at the beautiful Royal Drawing School West , Sydney Close Studios. There James ,our instructor, proposed some ideas for the  daily painting session

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Brunswick, Maine

During my stay at Bowdoin College, I had the opportunity to enjoy the Arts Department , and paint around Brunswick, Maine.

Maine is astonishingly beautiful, but also incredibly cold; so I often found refuge at the Frontier Café , with a tea in my hands and the view on the river to comfort me.

I decided to paint the view on the Androscoggin River;the owner liked having me around and photographed the process. I treasure these pictures as a precious gift, as they are one of the few I have while painting.

Frontier Café,14 MAINE ST. MILL 3 FORT ANDROSS, BRUNSWICK, ME

http://www.explorefrontier.com/

Firenze, Italia

Tuscany, Italy is renown for the classical views,  gentle hills and quality of the landscapes sorrounding the region.

It might sound like the description of a postcard, but in fact, Tuscany offers extremely diverse landscapes for the painter.The hills sorrounding the city of Florence, the Chianti area, the coastal villages in Maremma …

So I surrendered to the charms of the Tuscan Landscape, and painted a view near our home,  in a velvedere called Pian de’ Giullari, near Galileo Galilei’s Villa.

The painting captures the early days of spring, the colors at its best: fresh greens, some trees in full bloom and that subtle atmosphere that impregnates the Tuscan views.

On Painting

This painting is a reproduction of  “I Bari”, by  Michelangelo Merisi, known as Il Caravaggio (1571-1610).

The reproduction of the famous canvas is a  private comission that I painted for a couple who are very fond of Italian Baroque Painting.The commission proved to be a challenge, due to the outstanding quality of the original painting by  Il Caravaggio.

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On Drawing

Even though some people consider original drawings as not  being totally accomplished, perceived as less valuable or unfinished pieces of work, most often times I prefer good drawings better than low quality colour paintings.

It may be due to just a professional interest, as it is much harder to express on simple  tonal values, where there is no possibility of “hiding  mistakes” under a lavish colour pattern.

But it may be also due to the possibility to see each artist’s unmistakable mark making.

I have added several pictures on studies done while in Florence, where I was given the opportunity to explore these notions.There I attended several Art Schools, but mostly, I was able to contemplate one of the best Schools of Western Drawing-the Italian Renaissance.

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Wandering along the river Arno in search of open views of the city, I found myself near Palazzo Corsini.

Comtessa Livia granted me permission to paint  in and around the Palazzo,but instead of focusing on the exterior as was my initial idea, I got fascinated by  the interior halls.

La Galleria dell’Aurora is one of the most beautiful locations in which I have painted.

The ample chambers of the Palazzo, the delicate shades of the frescoed walls, the golden light create a sense of  a timeless space