Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Frozen cherries

Just a few weeks ago there was a news on Slovenian TV channels, that entire plantations of cherry-trees not far from where I live have mistaken the warm weather for spring, and are blooming.

For today's painting I sprinkled on salt on the wet-on-wet splashes of Prussian Blue and Brown Madder and I quite like the effect it produces.

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Monday, 26 October 2009

L' eta di Courbet e Monet

There is a majestic villa with a rich history in Passariano (province of Udine) in Italy - Villa Manin. It was built in the 17th century as a country house for the Manin family. The villa was the residence of the last doge of Venice Ludovico Manin, and in late 18th century Napoleon Bonaparte chose this residence as the General Headquarters of the French troops stationed here. In the villa you can admire Napoleon's room, frescoes and a beautiful chapel. There are some permanent museum collections to visit and a huge park with many sculptures.

Till March 2010 the villa is hosting an extraordinary exhibition "The age of Courbet and Monet - Realism and Impressionism in central and Eastern Europe" with more than 120 masterpieces from masters like Pissarro, Sisley, Renoir, Monet,... .
I visited the exhibition last weekend and it's well worth to see. I was delighted to see those colors, that certain light in these masterpieces which no art book prints can reproduce. Simply magnificent. You can hardly go away from some paintings, it's a pleasure for the eye and the soul. I also discovered some new favourite artists like Guillaume Vogels and Hippolyte Boulenger. Here you can find detailed info about the exhibition and the complete list of exhibited paintings (Elenco delle opere in mostra).

Street market

The fall has come to the Slovenian coast as well. The weather is just right for hiking in unspoiled nature to admire nature's splendor in the richness of the colors of plants like Cotinus coggygria (Slovenian: ruj). Made some beautiful walks in the surrounding these days, but painting all those leaves is still too much of a challenge ;) ... So today a little piece to practice painting with a limited palette (Prussian blue, Permanent magenta and Transparent yellow).

Enjoy life!

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Tea Time

...and off to bed.

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Saturday, 3 October 2009

Cemetery of seashells

It was a beautiful day today. Just perfect for a walk to the sea. The local soccer team was playing a match on the near football ground and some kids were running up and down the pier. Some years ago they have deepened the sea in this point and millions of seashells were dug out to the surface, so the place got the name "cemetery of seashells". It is a popular spot and offers some nice scenery as well. Sitting on the seashells path I was trying to sketch en plain air ...