Many artists dream about painting in Italy. Now, as retiring baby-boomers are increasingly taking up “brush and pallet knife,” more than ever, painting in Italy is the “thing.” Every day, a new “Artist’s” tour of Italy crops up in travel sections of the newspaper and on the Internet. But there still remains a majority of artists who prefer to “go it alone.” They are independent in their artistic styles, and prefer to be independent regarding their travels in Italy . This blog intends to target these free spirited artists who still need guidance to the best places to paint, especially those idyllic gems that are little known and less traveled. Certainly, independent travelers who are not artists will also benefit from this blog.

With a few exceptions, this blog is not a guide to restaurants, lodging, rental cars, or shopping, (except for art supplies.)

Sprinkled among the posts are: my paintings, and a few Italian proverbs and poems written by notable Italian authors for whom I work as a translator.

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Saturday, March 28, 2009


My frequent trips throughout Italy persistently spark my urge to paint. Although it’s impossible to resist an occasional Tuscan sun-drenched landscape or turquoise Mediterranean panorama, I’m primarily lured to paint Italy’s diverse architecture.
Rome is a prime example of this diversity.
Certainly when we speak of Rome and architecture, the first buildings that come to mind are Trajan’s Forum, Caracalla’s Baths, the Colosseum, and Hadrian’s Pantheon, just to mention a handful of the heavy hitters. But I like the back streets of Rome.
I like to shop in the back streets, eat in the back streets, and paint in the back streets. This is where life happens. This is where you can guess at the occupations of the inhabitants by their clothes that hang on lines that crisscross the narrow streets and alleyways. A banker’s white shirt might hang just below the street sweeper’s blue uniform. There’s no class system on the clotheslines in the back streets. This is where residents sit on wood and wicker chairs set outside on the sidewalk to discuss politics and exchange recipes, often in the same sentence. They knit, string tomatoes, read, and nap. Take away the TV’s, cell phones, ipods, and Vespas, and their every day lives mirror that of their ancestral Roman and Etruscan forefathers.

In the above painting, the lopsided shades reflect the lifestyles between ancient and modern Rome: diverse yet connected. Limited edition matted prints of this original watercolor can be purchased on my art website:

I miei viaggi frequente in tutta l’Italia accendono il mio impulso dipingere. Ogni tanto è impossibile resistere il paesaggio Toscano baciato dal sole o la vista turchese del Mediterraneo, però, principalmente mi attira dipingere l’architettura diversa.

Nell’quadro sopra, le veneziane distorte riflettono gli stili di vita fra l’antica Roma e Roma d’oggi: diversi ma collegato. Si può comprare delle stampe di questa acquerello al mio sito d’arte:

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