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Monday, August 1, 2016

Italy, first round

Study, 9x12, oil on panel
A Walk Under the Tuscan Sun, 6x6, oil on panel

I have been busy doing some fun pieces from my trip to Italy last month. A 'walking' tour of Tuscany. Both of the references for these pieces were shot by one of my new friends from the tour, Nancy, from Tampa. Nancy was more than willing to share her photos with me to use. She and her husband are both avid photographers.  It is so much fun to see what catches other peoples eye.

We deemed the top painting's image 'Hopperesque' which was taken with Nancy's phone. I did this as a study to see whether I wanted to do it larger or not. I think I like it this size for now. 

Nancy took the bottom photo as well. It immediately made me think of Van Gogh and the south of France. I love the simplicity of the shot. I cropped it to be square, and I think these are the tiniest people I have ever painted! Group of 4 to fit in less than an inch squared. I had to get a sable watercolor brush out to to it as I do not own any tiny sable oil brushes.

I am always looking for help in titles, so if anything comes to mind, please let me know.


Anonymous said...

For a small work, you managed to pack in a lot of color and texture. Those are some very tiny figures, but they work well. I like the window scene; even though the human figure takes center stage at first look, you have worked the shading and dimension so that they draw the eyes into motion and enliven the work. Question: Why does the shadow so abruptly change from a deep textured blue to that slash of flat brown on either side of the window? I'm sure it's a change of material surface, but it is strange. Both of these works draw you in emotionally. Thanks. LNB

victoriasart said...

The change of color is the material change. I toyed with that myself and am not sure I will keep it. but the cast shadow under the window frame is also the golden color as is on the piece showing above the roof. I added the gold to the bluish purple shadow but it doesn't show up well in the photo. I also added the purple color to the golden color but it still is a visual jump that is jarring. I will think on it.