I fell in love with backyard gardens in Tuscany
Every nook & cranny is an oasis awaiting cultivation
Flowers cascade from every window sill and balcony. During my residency, I painted in Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Figline, Volterra, Florence, Cortona, and Venice.
It was not until I returned home, that I began to see the Tuscan colors seeping into my palette. My palette softened and my eye for selecting what to paint focused in on gardens.
Clotheslines with fresh laundry hung in every nook and cranny excited my imagination. A special connection to warm-hearted Italian friends stirred with every breeze.
Each painting appears to me a dream. Each window represents a person, an opportunity of a new friend. Some windows spill flowers, open and prolific, others just peeking, a few closed to shade the light.
Each painting seems to tell a story, an imaginary tale. Who would live there? What would they be saying? Would they be smiling, asking questions, or what? Would I recognize them?
A gardener myself, I get the message. Plant joy, drip water, fertilize with love.
Poggio Alla Croce
Windows and doorways like eyes peeking out at me.
An open balcony beside three sisters tucked into a window niche, side by side in the sun. Me, myself, and I?