I’m delighted to say I’m to be the artist in residence for the month of April at the beautiful Hotel Borgo Santo Pietro, a boutique hotel south west of Siena, very close to the ruined abbey of San Galgano. I’m hoping to get as much work done as I possibly can – there is certainly … Continue reading Artist in Residence at Hotel Borgo Santo Pietro
A new departure – I’ve started to re-work some of my plein-air pictures, and make them work better. Ultimately, I think these corrections and re-workings will feed back into my immediate work, and make my onsite paintings better. Here’s one of the latest:
Back to the Ile de Re in early August, and I managed to get some time to paint – quite a lot of time in fact. I’ll put the paintings up soon, meanwhile here’s a picture of me sitting in a cafe, with my sketchbook on my knees…
I’ m back in Tuscany to visit and draw new houses, and the heat is on – it makes it tricky to sit out in the broiling sunshine! Today the Palio is on in the little village of Casole d’Elsa and I found a quiet corner in the cool of Luciano’s Bar from where I … Continue reading Tuscan Bay leaves
Our brief stay in Aix has been wonderful and I’ve got a few drawings done. In between drawings we have drunk fine wines, discovered an excellent olive oil, seen Cezanne’s atelier, discovered quite how rude an Avis employee can be, and had some excellent meals. And as a plus I became the mayor of the … Continue reading Time in Provence is now over!
I’m off to Provence tomorrow for a few days – so hopefully shall have some new paintings of Aix and the surrounding area when I return. Particularly hoping to get a good drawing of the Baptistery in Aix Cathedral – a 6th century delight that incorporates columns probably re-used from a Roman temple that stood … Continue reading Off to Provence