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 22, 2009


Writing groups and painting groups share the same goals: to improve your work. A good writing group doesn’t take time to edit spelling, comas, and semi-colons. Briefly, their job is to read your work and determine: if your characters are interesting and believable, if your plot moves forward, if your style suits the content, if a phrase or paragraph interrupts the suspension of disbelief, and if there is a cohesive beginning, middle, and end.
Artists in a good painting group don’t impose their individual style or medium. Their job is to study your painting and determine: are your color values correct, is you placement appealing, do you have a pathway leading the eye into, around, and out of the painting, and are your shadows as dark as they need to be and appropriately positioned.
These are just a few of many responsibilities of good writing and painting groups. I highlighted the ones I feel should be at the top of each list to illustrate the correlation between the two.
A good group that offers a positive, constructive critique can be invaluable to a writer or an artist. A group that focuses only on the negative should be written out of your script or painted out of your canvas.

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