The farmhouse in Tuscany where I stayed with my family last fall. I’m a city person but staying at the farm was so relaxing, and Tuscany is so famously beautiful. I’ve lived all over the world, and seen a lot of beautiful places, but the Tuscan countryside is at the top. So much happened since then, I never photographed the pictures from that trip.
I spent 2 weeks painting in Tuscany this time last year, staying in an old stone farmhouse. It was perfect weather in a beautiful place. I never got around to photographing or sharing the pictures.
This is from last October. I was staying in an old farmhouse in Tuscany.
I rented an apartment on AirBNB in Rome with a partial view of Castel Sant’Angelo, an ancient structure later used as a fortress by the Popes. The view was very partial, you could really only see it by peering over the neighbor’s patio through some kind of spiky screen covered in plastic vines. To get around that for the painting, I stood on the rickety metal steps to the roof with my easel in a planter box, on top of the crusty remains of departed flowers. In gale force winds, but I didn’t blow off.
In a tree filled square off the beaten path. I’d like to live here.
The AirBNB in Venice. It was pretty nice.
And then it started to rain.
This is how you do it there, or the rats and the cats strew it all over the street.
This was the view from the kitchen of the AirBnb. Beautiful anytime of day.
I painted this in Venice behind the State Archive, just by the Frari church.