Thursday, July 10, 2008

The loot of a walk - To my Granny

This swatercolor is painted on Fabriano 140lbs artist's paper with Winsor & Newton artist paints. When I was a child, I used to spent my summer time with my Grandmother in the south of Italy. Over there ’t was an explosion of flowers colors and fragrances, and always there I learnt to recognize the different flowers that I preferred, passionflowers, oleanders and bougainvilleas of course. Every morning my granny and I went outside for a long walk to reach the center of the town and do our food shopping at the open market, the heat killed me each time, the only relief we had was to stop and sit on a little wall under the warm shadows of the flowered trees. What happened next I’m a bit embarrassed to tell, but she always lengthened her hand and picked a little bunch of flowers for the table. That was the loot of the walk! My Granmother's passed away this winter at the considerable age of 95, and I love to fly with my mind at the time when we could stay longer together.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Le Petit Mort ACEO

2.5 x 3.5 inches, watercolour and gouache, 2008.
Le Petit Mort is a french term meaning "little death".

In The Sun

Finally, we have a run of Summer days.

Even my Orchids get some time In the Sun

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


This is a watercolor painted appositely for the EBSQ "cahtch the breeze" show on 5 x7 inches Fabriano 140 lbs Watercolor paper. I used Winsor & Newton watercolor and Indian black ink.

Speaking about fans my mind runs immediately to those painting seen inside the Pyramids or Egyptian tombs where you could see the Pharaoh with his slaves making him air with big fans made of leaves.
Since than, what’s changed?
In two words: nothing and all!
The need to stay cool is the same. The technology how we do that… it is all an other world!

This watercolor represents a portable fan and its battery, an interesting object to handle in those hot days when neither a leaf moves on the trees.

Katherine Parr

4 x 6 inches, watercolour, gouache and gold ink, 2008.
The sixth wife of Henry VIII.

Monday, July 7, 2008

"The Shapes of Logic"

Gouache on 140# hot press paper, with a tiny touch of colored pencil on the eyes. The figure is from a artists open studio I attend. I wanted it to be surreal, but subtle.

Catherine Howard

4 x 6 inches, watercolour, gouache and gold ink, 2008.
The fifth wife of Henry VIII (she was beheaded).