Painting in Italy

In 2006 I was commissioned to do a watercolour of Casa Panfili, an Umbrian farmhouse with wonderful views over the Niccone Valley. The owners, Al and Betty Stuart wanted a painting that captured something of the beauty of the valley and the way Casa Panfili is very much a part of the rural landscape. It is a delightful area for walkers, artists, wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and those who want to explore an area rich in history, food and wine.

By the time we arrived in the early evening, having flown in to Pisa through Jet2, it was too dark to do any painting. I arose early the next morning to do a small sketch book watercolour of the sun rising above the autumn mist that hung gently below in the valley.

Once I was back in the studio, using the sketch and photographs, I did a 12” x 9” preparation watercolour for Al and Betty to approve before commencing on the final painting, a 21” x 14” watercolour which we also had printed into postcards for the guests at Casa Panfili.

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