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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Sunday, March 29, 2009


I started my “Views To Go” collection while living in Hawaii. My art studio was a portion of a converted garage with one small window. I played with the idea of painting a faux window on one of the walls, but decided a canvas painting would be more practical as I could take my “view” with me when I moved. Happily, My “Views To Go” series has become quite popular. It seems most people enjoy a room with a view, whether it’s real or a whimsical trompe l’oeil. These acrylic-on-canvas paintings require no framing, as the finished sides are painted to add credibility to the illusion.
Can’t get to Italy this year? Here’s a “View” of the Chianti Region, and you don’t have to suffer jetlag. This painting can be purchased from my art website:

La mia galleria di “Vedute A Portar Via” è una collezione che ho cominciato quando abitavo in Hawaii. Mio studio d’arte è stato in un garage con una piccola finestra sola. Ho pensata dipingere una finestra sul muro, ma ho deciso che sarebbe più practicale dipingere sulla tela, così se cambierò le case potrei portare via “la veduta.” Mi fa piacere che la mia collezione di “Vedute A Portar Via” è diventato molto richiesta. Pare che la gente godono una stanza con veduta, se è reale o un trompe l’oeil. Questi quadri sono tutti dipinto con acrilico su tela, e non ce il bisogno incorniciare siccome i lati sono dipinto a far credibilità al illusione.
Il quadro sopra è una “veduta” del Regione di Chianti. Si può comprarlo al mio sito d’arte:

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