Buildings, especially those that have the patina of age have always been a passion of mine. Buildings have souls and stories. Each one of this paintings goes beyond representation to respond to the spirit of the building.
Spring is nearly here in this oil painting of Piazza XXV Aprile Baone. Where to next?⇑ Italian Architecture« Dreams of Venice Padova Basilica of St Antony (revisited) »
Padova has many fine buildings that act as canvases for the constantly changing light.
Reworking of an earlier image
There are many villas in Northern Italy, but none can match the grandeur of Villa Rotunda.
This is one of two drawings of this unique set of buildings
The faded elegance of the 7 chapels allows for many interpretations.
The new Autumn colours were to glorious to ignore
Each of the palaces are a moment from the past.
Behind this small door lies the most wonderful shop and flour mill.
I never tire of this magical image More so now that I know that the painting has gone on its own adventure to a new home in New Zealand.
View from one of my favourite cafes. Glorious brioche and coffee. This image has also gone on an adventure to Finland
View from the top of the square in Monselice. We can see the driveway to the seven chapels and the castle gatehouse. This is the centre of a magical experience capturing the light and vibrancy of Northern Italy.
Another aspect of Venice .This is the place to go to see the very fine fishing fleet
A bridge in Venice as it was during lockdown. The painting captures the emptiness and poignancy of the moment. The question on everyones lips was would we survive? This painting captures the colour and vibrancy of the community regardless of circumstances.
The two Basilicas are within walking distance of each other. Although the street is full of shops I chose to focus on the patterns created by the Porticos.
Afternoons in Padova are quiet contemplative times. This impressionist study of two buildings on many of the shadowy streets seeks to capture a little of the mystery.
Everything about these canal side apartments was alive. The reflections from the water gave a sense of timelessness to the view.
This painting is about the tactile experience of Venice, capturing the organic nature of the buildings as they have evolved sided by side over time.
Impressionist painting is not something that just happens. The ideas brew and have to be developed.
This painting was sourced from one of the 100 days original sketches also featured on this web site.