Montefalco Plein Air
Here are a few paintings from my trip to Montefalco. Again, one of the more picturesque spots on Earth. I’ve been trying to update my geotagged landscape archive so people can take advantage of all the hours I spend scouting around for views (see my earlier post if you have no idea what I’m talking about).
My painting companions this time were Greg Horwitch, Ebba Heuman, Alex Rooney and Rupert Alexander (if anyone was wondering why it’s been raining in Italy for the last two months, it’s because Rupert has been trying to paint outside since early May).
This time, I was very partial to the Clitunno river which runs north through the valley.
We were there for wheat field season. Always one of the best times for plein air painting. Here are a couple of larger paintings of the fields.
Our scouting trips took us quite a ways from Montefalco. Here are some sketches from further north.
The holy grail of landscape painting is a foreground, middle ground and background which compose together beautifully. The combination of the flat central valley, rolling hills, and mountains in this part of Umbria, combined with wheat fields, poplar trees, and picturesque hilltop towns, makes this one of the best areas to paint in Italy.
Here are some action shots from the trip: