Going to Florence in February has its advantages and disadvantages. You don’t get the crowds or searing heat that you can experience in the summer months, however the weather is usually cold and sometimes wet. I recall painting a 14″ x 10″ watercolour from Piazza Michelangelo. Susan was standing over me with an umbrella to keep the rain off the painting. Both of us were getting colder and colder as the light was fading. A few splashes of rain did find their way onto the paper but somehow they seemed to add to the overall effect.
The large studio painting above was reproduced as a limited edition print and has been one of my best selling prints of Italy. The location study below is typical of the sketchbook studies I’ve painted from Piazza Michelangelo. They are important works for being an aid to the studio painting and a number of subsequent paintings of Florence. Although very simple with minimum brush marks, they trigger off memories of time and place.
These include the studio painting below of Ponte Vecchio from Piazza Michelangelo. You can see this painting at the charity exhibition “INDEPENDENCE” at the CastleGate starting 4th July at 6pm. The exhibition, which is to raise money for the North East charity OWN IT, continues every day until Saturday 9th July.