Saturday, June 26, 2010

Terracotta Vases at Villa Cimbrone
11 x 14
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When you first enter Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, you are greeted with beautiful eighteenth century terracotta "vases" that line the path to the Avenue of Immensity. It is a beautiful site! I love to paint old pots and enjoy capturing their weathered texture and age using multiple layers of similar color values; in this case purple/blue, yellows and a little bit of green. I have enjoyed doing multiple paintings of pots including the Lunafor urn "Sitting Tall at Boothbay Gardens" featured on my web site.

Friday, June 11, 2010

"Late Afternoon Glow"

Late Afternoon Glow
12 x 14

The Amalfi coast abounds with small villages tucked into the hill sides. One is more picturesque than the next. On the way back from a long walk up hill, this cluster of buildings from Ravello came into view in the glowing late afternoon light.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

"Morning Grove at Villa Cimbrone"

Morning Grove at Villa Cimbrone
11 x 13
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I first did the quick watercolor and value study of this grove at Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, Italy, during a workshop with Gail Browne. A short morning shower had just passed through and the scene was fresh and filled with soft morning light. I wanted to recapture this great scene using a limited color palette that would evoke the beauty and sense of place of this magnificent grove.
Gail Browne organizes wonderful and instructive painting trips on the Amalfi coast. If interested in future Italy workshop information, contact Gail here.