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Thursday, August 11, 2016

On a Wing and a Prayer

6x6, oil on panel, available
My first thought when I saw this scene was 'Drive By Religion.' but that seems to trivialize not only the church but religion which I don't want to do. So I am thinking 'On a Wing and a Prayer.'  We were on our way to Rome from Montepolciano and I was intrigued that the road would curve around the old church. I believe the name of the church is 'Madonna Regina della Pace.'  My translation of that is the Reigning Madonna of Peace. I am up for correction if anyone knows Italian, which I do not.

I decided to do this one in a small format to work out the shapes. I thought the shapes fun and worthy of playing around with. The whole church is local tone (in shadow) while the landscape around it is in full sun. As is usually the case, when I see the painting in a photograph I start to see things that I had not noticed before. In this case, some of the patterns are repeating that I did not consciously think about. I am happy with that!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is so much more than a snapshot! I think Regina della Pace is her saint name, madonna just meaning the lady. There is a well-known statue of the saint and hers is the name of a ferry boat line (check images on Youtube). LNB