These are a few of the paintings I worked during my free time over the past ten days. The first is from the same spot where I painting the same large landscape ten years ago. I got a bit worried at one point, “What if my painting has gotten worse?”
The Marsiliana. Oil on linen, 80 x 100 cm.
The next three are all from the same spot, just playing around with different light effects.
The Entrance to the Marsiliana, Back-lit. Oil on linen, 50 x 70 cm.
The Entrance to the Marsiliana, Overcast. Oil on panel, 25 x 35 cm.
The Entrance to the Marsiliana, Side-lit. Oil on panel, 20 x 30 cm.
I also did a bunch of little sketches while doing demonstrations, but they didn’t make the cut.
Don’t try this at home. Some blogs do a painting-a-day, I was given a house last week for 4 days and tried to make as most out of it as possible by painting as many small sketches in a day as I could. I thought I would go for ten a day. This seemed easy as the estate where I was painting is in an especially picturesque part of the upper Maremma, and I was very inspired by the landscape. I ended up working from 7:30-ish in the morning until 11 pm at night (there was a full moon, so I could paint at night).
Unfortunately I have the habit of holding my brushes with my left hand while I work, and as I painted over the course of the day I kept grabbing clean brushes while continuing to hold the old ones. By the end of the day I had held a huge mass of brushes in my hand for hours and that night I came down with severe tendinitis and a terrible fever which lasted 4 days. It still hurts today as I type, almost a week later.
Clever. Anyways, here are some of the sketches:
The Beach Road at Bolgheri
The View from Biserno
Stone Pines at Bolgheri
Fishermen at Cecina
Cypress at Biserno
The Beach at Bolgheri
I’ve been updating my landscape archive page on Flickr with spots to paint in Maremma. The Val di Cecina is especially beautiful. Here is the webpage again.
Here is the original post if you have no idea what I’m talking about.