OIL 24 X 12
The view is from the top floor cafe of a department store in Florence. Aside from being visually compelling, it has a special charm because of its unexpectedness. There, amidst all of the hustle and gusto of the city streets, was this quiet little neighborhood with terrace gardens, balconies, staircases and turrets with weather-vane flags. All of them marching up the hillside and sharing the view with those of us having mid-morning coffee. What a perfect little vignette of life in this most wonderful of cities.
SIENA STROLL II
OIL 40 X 30
I love the newest of my Italian street scenes. This one is again from Siena, and reflects the ambiance of large crowds contained in small spaces.
I always found that if one is in a crowd like this, one can see the crowd, and the upper parts of buildings. The middle views of the surrounding buildings are blocked by the moving mass of people. So, that is what I render in my work. Plus I have always been fascinated by people and crowds in cities. Italy is the best place to observe and record people strolling and converging, and being themselves without haste.
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OIL 40 X 30
This is the latest piece to go into a private collection. I shall miss it, as it hung over my bookcase and was a constant reminder of the zing that I felt walking the streets of Siena on a beautiful sunny day.
Ironically, the companion piece that hung over the other bookcase sold a week later and is going into a different collection.
I am working on some new oils the same size to replace this one and the other that was sold. Keep checking here for updates.
AN EXAMINATION OF SUNLIGHT ON CYPRESS
OIL 24 X 20
The latest work to be added to a private collection is this Tuscan landscape, called “An Examination of Sunlight on Cypress”
The piece has been with Camilla Richman’s Fine Art in Osterville, MA. Through her it has been sold to a private collector on the Cape, and I am thrilled that my work has found a new audience.
This landscape has long been one of my favorites. The cypress, olives and fading horizon, all evoke a landscape that is timeless.