Around and about so far.

Its been 65 days since the start of Italian lockdown and thankfully the weather in Europe has been mild and sunny which all the more easier if you live in the rural hills and can get ouside exercise and avoid bumping into anyone. Italy’s lockdown has been strict with no one allowed to go outside unless for vitals and the schools have been shut since february, so all the better for staying at home and painting.

Normally I wouldn’t feel the need to explore the woods with my painting stuff close to the house but when there isn’t anywhere else to go you are kind of pushed by the force of adventure and just follow you feet. Woods play a big factor where I live. So after skidding down steep banks with the easel in one hand and tip toeing over slippery rocks with a palette of freshly squeezed paint in the other I found this spot on the river Mangia below our house, it’s a short flat stretch with a warm February midday sun reflecting on the water.

River Mangia, Val di Vara. 40cm x 50 cm, oil on panel.

The next river painting is a calm Spring afternoon on the River Vara. The river Mangia flows into this much bigger river that runs along the bottom of the valley. This river is very wide and deep and I liked the reflections from the trees on the water, the colours were lovely and I hope to go back soon. I think we are now allowed to travel for necessity but to be out painting and having a picnic could be seen as having too much fun (!!)

River Vara, Val di Vara- 35 x 25cm, oil on panel.

Travelling a little higher up into the hills you can overlook the whole valley from the Alta Via Dei Monte Liguri. The Alta Via is a stony road that takes you all through Liguria and into France and it could be one way in getting back to the UK on feet or wheels or a donkey without having to fly in an aeroplane! The horses in the foreground are privately owned and left to roam the pastures, there are at least fifty horses, some mules too and they are used to work on steep mountain tracks where tractors cannot go. The moutain in the middle is Monte Dragnone, the highest peak in the area. I wanted to get a sense of space in the painting with all the hills receding into the backround with thin washes of paint, (linseed oil and turpentine glazes). Something I find easier to do with winter colours than summer because there are more earthy colours in the undertones.

Midday from the Alta Via, New Years Day. Val di Vara, 40cm x 35cm, oil on panel.
The Alta Via, Casoni, Spring. oil on panel, 35cm x 35cm.

Here is the passo del Rastrello that is part of the Alta Via from in the previous painting. It is a little colder here and I have come across snow, it looks like I have just taken you through the wardrobe and into Narnia!  (I painted this in 2019 when it snowed for a couple of days). This year it has been too mild for any of that kind of weather but it was nice to look at snow and to use different colours than usual.

 

Passo del Rastrello. 20cm x 25cm, oil on panel.

Dusk from the top of Monte Dragnone. This is the highest mountain in the area at over 1000mt. It takes a steep 20 minute hike to get to the top but once you have arrived there is a Sanctuary that is used during the many religious festa’s. Unfortunately this year they have all been cancelled but the view is rewarding.

Dusk from Monte Dragnone. 30cm x 40 cm, oil on panel.

 

Thankyou for looking and I hope you are all safe and well!

4 thoughts on “Around and about so far.”

  1. Oh golly Anna ,

    I so love your paintings , they really are superb , what would you charge for the river painting ?

    Its all a little strange isn’t it , I so hope you are all well and loving the weather along with the rules !!! I call Mum and Dad every now and then which is good to touch base they sounded good last time I spoke .

    Take care and love to you all ….. whilst I continue to make more shades . Pleated next !!!

    Much love Bettina Rick Oscar and Hugo XXXXX

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    1. hello Bettina, I hope you are all well and sending lots of love from Italy! There are lots of rules but if you are used to isolation then it doesnt affect you too much, it seems so far more or less under control so far here in europe, I just hope for the UK and the States and other countries it will calm down soon too.

      I’m afraid the river painting has sold, it went pretty quickly! The others are for sale in this post and they are all under 240 euros depending on size, i will start putting the prices on each paintng. but I will keep on putting up new stuff soon.

      Im glad the shades are going well, I found out you need spray glue in my research so it gives an even coating!? I’ll have to experiment, most of my shades are white so i will just cover those with new material!

      lots of love to you all and fingers crossed we can travel soon xxx

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