Recent Italian Plein Air Work

Here are a few recent larger landscapes. All done en plein air here in Italy.

Villa Argiano. 80 x 100 cm, oil on linen.

Benabbio. 80 x 100 cm, oil on linen.

Poggio delle Corti. 60 x 80 cm, oil on linen.

Sant’Angelo in Colle from Argiano. 80 x 100 cm, oil on linen.

Gualdo Cattaneo. 80 x 100 cm, oil on linen.

Bagni di Lucca. 60 x 100 cm, oil on linen.

Below are a few smaller sketches from a recent trip to Montalcino. I stayed at the beautiful Castello d’Argiano¬† and the reason there are no early morning paintings is due to their great hospitality and wonderful wines.

Montalcino, Sunset. 25 x 35 cm, oil on dibond.

Convento dell’Osservanza, Montalcino. 25 x 35 cm, oil on dibond.

Pieve di Santa Restituta. 25 x 35 cm, oil on dibond.

Castiglion d’Orcia. 20 x 30 cm, oil on dibond.


  1. Bravo!

    These are great! The calligraphy in the brushwork suggests that while these objects are real, taking up 3d space, they like life itself, are constantly changing. You captured an aspect of reality through the properties of oil paint itself. I can feel these scenes, not just see them. Well done Marc

  2. Hi Marc,

    Wow, some very spectacular scenery. Stop making me druel, lol. I like the first one how you lost and found the shapes. Reminds me of Charles Reid’s teaching. He expressed that a lot in his paintings.I like the feel of Gualdo Cattaneo. I like the way you made the whole painting come together it looks as if its hot there.

    I ordered the Italian Easel you suggested from Madison Art Shop. Its still on its way can’t wait to try it. Are you still using yours or found something better? How did you attach your pochade box onto it, any pics etc? I have made my own pochade box and have been using it a lot, there a lot of fun. The only downside is my excepts only 6×8 and to do anything bigger would work out. I mainly work on panels how do you keep your bigger stuff from getting smudged, panel carrier?

    All the ones youve done are really good, one of these days I hope to get that good.


  3. The new painting of Bagni di Lucca is masterful. In particular, the composition and subtle nature of light keep me enthralled. Once again your work leaves me shaking my head in wonder.

  4. Hi Marc,
    Very impressive painting and the composition is enviable.
    I was interested to see you use dibond. What are the features of this stuff? I would have thought there would not be much tooth on it…
    All the best,

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