When I first moved to Genoa fifteen years ago, an artist friend suggested I enroll in an art-class at the local art institute, L’Accademia Ligustica. I could do it for free! I bought paper, pencils & oil pastels and showed up. The class was filled mostly with young & silly girls or ghastly thin boys. The rest were all foreigners, like myself, and much older than the others. There were two instructors, a man and a woman in a wheelchair. I cannot recall the gentleman’s name… a handsome fellow, nice air about him, ound him always helpful. The woman’s name is Sabrina Marzagalli… a charming & gracious and a magnificently curious person. Between these two professors were invented exercises which threw me for an absolute artistic loop. The one I loved the most though, initially, it was raw panic, was to capture the models as they calmly waltz around the hall… hanger… or stationary in brief, fleeting poses, wherever. Here are a few examples…
Pencil & oil pastels on rough-gaged paper, 43 x 31 cm or 17″ x 12″, Euro 250 each.
I put paint and move it around letting it tell me how an image of a landscape can happen. Imagination for invention…
Dusk Over An Abandoned Field & Woods 61 x 47 cm oil on wood panel euro 250
A Mystical Sense of Spring 35 x 22.5 cm oil on wood panel euro 150
Woods Near My Home By Car Lights 53.4 x 41.4 cm oil on wood panel euro 250
Paintings to date… landscapes as self-portraits or visa-versa, more drawing than painting, as what is put down is drawn away…
Fields & Rains: Could Be Italy 68.6 x 34 cm oil on wood panel euro 250
Lowlands Fields: Perhaps Eastern Nebraska 72.5 x 31 cm oil on wood panel euro 250
Gulch in Spring Thaw: Could Be Colorado 46 x 29.6 cm oil on wood panel euro 250
Ravine: Could Be Italy But Might Be Colorado 40 x 33.6 cm oil on wood panel euro 200
A Lonesome Trail Through Fields: Perhaps In Russia 79.8 x 29.9 cm oil on wood euro 250
Serendipity |ˌserənˈdipitē| noun… the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.
Origin… 1754… coined by Horace Walpole, suggested by The Three Princes of Serendip, the title of a fairy tale in which the heroes “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.
The adventures will begin here… and very soon.