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Painting in Italy

Updated on June 13, 2012

Painting in the land

Italy has a rich and cultured history of painting, its churches, cathedrals, museums and palaces are dripping with famous works and great master pieces. Therefore this is the perfect place to start if you are looking for an inspirational, painting holiday. I am fortunate to live in the quiet landlocked province of Umbria, sandwiched nicely between Rome's Lazio and Florence's Tuscany. Although Umbria is a quiet little backwater, back in the day, it was a hive of activity, creative verve and cultural adventure.

Art all around

I don't have to travel far to see, in situ, the works of Luca Signorelli, frescoes in Morra, Giotto's St Francis cycle on the walls of the Basilica of Assisi or Piero della Francesca paintings in Sansepolcro and Monterchi. The lanscape too is awe inspiring, lucious green hills, rugged turquoise Apennine mountains on the horizon and bubbling streams that cut their way across the plains. All perfect for sitting amongst the green fields and picking up a brush or pencil.

San Gimignano
San Gimignano

This series of paintings draws on this vast reserve of imagery and echoes its renditions of Italian countryside and the towns and cities where its people live.

In them I have dispensed with classical rules about perspective and foreshortening, the compositions are inspired by old woodcuts and ancient maps, where artists stacked buildings, trees and hills together to give you a rough idea of where you were. These pictures have a similar "atmosphere" to these destinations, were the elements are familiar, the colours make sense but perhaps a little brighter, while the composition is not a rigid copying of the landscape but a selected feeling for it.

In the same way that a tourist will remember their holiday destination but not exactly with regards to where each and every building and bush was placed. They return home with a vague memory of the layout, the main sights, a rough suggestion of the colours and the arbitrary in filling of scetchy details with generic houses or trees.

Studio Contact

If you'd like to know more about the motivation and inspiration behind the paintings please feel free to leave a message or drop me a line. Alternatively to see more of the same check out my art blog - UmbriArt Gallery


Citta di Castello
Citta di Castello

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    • knell63 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Umbria, Italy

      Thank you ComfortB and Starstream, it's always lovely when you know people like and appreciate your work. It's support like this that makes people want to produce more and put them online. Thanks for then encouragement.

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      Dreamer at heart 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      Painting is dear to my heart as are many related crafts. I so appreciate your beautiful pictures and words. You paint in words a beautiful and historic countryside. To preserve these ancient historical sights and to share them with the world is a gift for all.

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      Comfort Babatola 

      6 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Beautiful paintings. Thanks for sharing these. Voted Up and beautiful.


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