Recent Studio Landscapes

Farmhouse in Chianti Recent Studio Landscapes

The Side of a Farmhouse in Chianti. 31 x 40 in., oil on linen.

Here are a few recent larger landscapes. They will be going to the Grenning Gallery for my solo show this August (hence the sizes in inches).

Evening on Lago Maggiore Recent Studio Landscapes

Evening on Lago Maggiore. 35 x 48 in., oil on linen.

The Terrace at Dubrovnik Recent Studio Landscapes

The Terrace in Dubrovnik. 47 x 59 in., oil on linen.

The Port Marseillan Recent Studio Landscapes

The Port at Marseillan. 31 x 40 in., oil on linen.

Sunset at the Torricella Recent Studio Landscapes

Sunset at the Torricella. 35 x 43 in., oil on linen.

Bordeaux and Chianti Sketches

Here are some of the plein air landscape sketches from Bordeaux and Chianti painted the last month. We stayed in the little village of Pujols near Saint-Émilion (Bordeaux) in France, and then in Chianti near Tavarnelle val di Pesa.

My liver will need some time to recover.

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Haybales near Pujols. 30 x 20 cm, oil on panel.

The Dordogne east of Bordeaux is especially interesting for plein air landscape painting as it is unusual to have such strong tidal effects so far inland.

dordogne Bordeaux and Chianti Sketches

Boats on the Dordogne. 23 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

dordogne2 Bordeaux and Chianti Sketches

The Dordogne at Castilion-le-Bataille. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

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Petanque. 30 x 40 cm, oil on panel.

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Branne. 30 x 25 cm, oil on panel.

Saint-Émilion is a beautiful little city for plein air painting. We took the workshop students there a couple of times with great success.

st emilion Bordeaux and Chianti Sketches

Gate at Saint-Emilion. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

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Gensac. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

pujols church Bordeaux and Chianti Sketches

Sketches of the Church at Pujols. 20 x 15 (ish) cm each, oil on panel.

Here are a couple of plein air landscape sketches of the annual grape harvest, or Vendemmia, in the Chianti region of Tuscany. It was interesting to paint the workers en plein air as they moved quickly up the vineyard rows. I would paint the vineyard row ahead of them, then move row to row to paint the grape harvesters as they worked.

vendemmia Bordeaux and Chianti Sketches

La Vendemmia. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

onion patch Bordeaux and Chianti Sketches

La Vendemmia #2. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

I’ll post the rest of the Chianti plein air landscape paintings later in the week.

Chianti and Baratti Sketches

Daniela Astone and I just finished our back-to-back plein air courses in Chianti and the gulf of Baratti. We had 19 glorious days of sunshine during the two ten-day sessions. Here are a few of the sketches I managed to bat out during my time off from teaching.

baratti dawn Chianti and Baratti Sketches

Baratti Dawn. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

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Landscape Painting in Tuscany

Many of the posts on this blog are about my travels, as I find it more interesting. However, I do live in one of the more picturesque places around and paint here quite often. The problem with plein air painting in Tuscany is that the Chianti region, where I usually stay, is actually terrible as far as subject matter goes. The small olive trees are fine if painted up close, but the little blue blobs are really unsightly when seen from afar. And don’t get me started on vineyards… parallel lines from a distance?

That said, Tuscany also has some of the best plein air subjects in the world, especially the rolling hills and wheat fields south of Siena. My other favorite spots are the Mugello, north of Florence, and Maremma, along the coast to the southwest.

Here are couple from a trip to the Val d’Orcia:

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Vineyards at Poggio alle Mura. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

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The Old Station at Bibbiano. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

The Gulf of Baratti has to be one of the more beautiful bays in Tuscany, though it can be a bit too pretty.

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The Chapel of San Cerbone at Baratti. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

We stayed with friends on a couple of July weekends and I ended up painting around the house a lot to avoid the crowds.

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Barbeque and Well at Torrenuova. (Needs to be cut down still).

bridge at torrenuova Landscape Painting in Tuscany

The Bridge at Torrenuova. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

I also painted a bit further north, on the coast near Bolgheri.

road at palone Landscape Painting in Tuscany

White Road at Palone. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

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Stone Pines at Palone. 30 x 40 cm, oil on panel.

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Palone, the Beach. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

And lastly, I painted a bit in the hills above Lucca, which was new to me this summer and is an area I would love to paint more thoroughly.

bagni di luca Landscape Painting in Tuscany

Bagni di Lucca. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

benabbio Landscape Painting in Tuscany

Clothes Hanging at Benabbio. 20 x 25 cm, oil on panel.