This image is a painting of the main buildings of Le pioneer. It's not quite done, and I will have to re-photo the finished product, and re-insert it at another date. I did this as a demo for my students, choosing a medium call, sienna colour. This supports the stone of the building nicely, and see it more prominently in the sky. This was a good example of how to simplify your images, yet still be able to make a pleasing composition.
This is Elena Basile, our host at Le Pianore. Doesn't she look the epitome of classy Italian women? That she was. We so enjoyed her very good English in an endearing Italian accent. She has great historic knowledge of the area, as well as appreciation for culture and great stories to tell. Thank you so much Elena for your wonderful hospitality.
Sorry fell Canadiana, but we enjoyed sunny warm temps for ten days in a row at Le Pianore. Here we are enjoying lunch outdoors amidst fabulous mountain vistas, chirping birds, and the odd wild boar.
This is the view from our mountain top home, overlooking many, many Olive groves, a vineyard and many many Cypress Trees.
This bend in the road, accentuated by Cypress trees and their shadows provided some strong compositional elements for painting.
The sun is about to set on the hilltop across the way from us. This was out view every morning. The crest of a mountaintop that you see at the right upper corner is the volcano that we drove to to watch the sunrise (if you have been following that on Facebook- I have many photos of it there)
Our last event on our last evening at Le Pianore was our art Show, but I think I will do a separate blog post just about that. So much to write about!
After 10 glorious days of getting to know this area and painting here,we must say goodbye to Le Pianore, Elena, her daughter Enrica, and son Phillipe. Thank you all so much for making us so welcome in your home!