December 21, 2014

Happy Holidays to All!

Best wishes for a 

Joyful and love-filled Holiday Season 

and a prosperous 2015!

May your days be filled with images and events that make you smile and that ill your life with the warmest and deepest feelings.


December 19, 2014

A Gift for My Mom - In the Poppy Field - Oil Painting

In the Poppy Field
Oil on Canvas
This bright poppy field reminds me of my Italy so much.

My parents' house is white, even though it's not in a poppy field, they do have a big yard.
When my mom asked me to bring her one of my paintings when I visited, I thought this was the perfect gift, with the cheerful flowers and the white house.

I did not think at this at all while I was painting it, but I can see myself represented in that one poppy sticking up taller than the others, looking at the house in the distance.

Even if I have been living in the United States for 15 years now, home is always my parents house.
And I am posting this from my laptop on their kitchen table, joyful day!!!

December 7, 2014

Working on the Portrait of Chuck - Figure Painting Class

Work in progress of colorful portrait

On Fridays I go to a figure painting class and I love it, but sometimes the model does not show up, and then we need to get creative.
This time the traffic was awful, full of accidents here and there an the model must have been swallowed up by the chaotic situation because we did not see her. While we were waiting, still hoping she'd make it, the teacher posed for quick poses, just for warm-up drawings. That was nice.
Then our fellow artist Chuck (pardon me Chuck but I can't remember your last name right now) volunteered to pose for us.
The time available was quite limited, since we started late, so I still have to a little work to do on the the painting before I can post a finished photo, but this was the work in progress.

I used a simple abstract landscape I had made some time ago as background, turned sideways, and had fun working with colors and contrast.