Painting in Orvieto, Italy ~ Sunrise Flower Market

Blooming Women . . . Two women chatting quietly at the flower shop . . .

I saw these two in Orvieto, Italy. We were on our way home from Roma and stopped by Orvieto during my Muses of Tuscany Retreat. What a delightful village! I love the artsy shoppes, pottery, wood crafts, flowers, dress shops. Wish we had more time.

Sunrise Flower Market Dorothy Fagan
Sunrise Flower Market, mixed media fusion on canvas panel, 16 x 12″

Painting in Orvieto, Italy

Experimenting with a limited palette of Raw Umber and Charcoal, the Pastel Rose, Lavender Gray, Verdigris and Ochre create a satisfying balance of serenity with fresh, invigorating blooms. I could see this painting on pale green or gray, lavender or blue, or even pale yellow walls.

Yet wouldn’t it look striking on a deep charcoal wall? or russet? or even deep ocean blue gray?

This small mixed media painting is the first in my new Sketchbox Trunk Show Series. Looking for a way to explore thumbnail pencil sketches in a larger, color format, I used willow charcoal and oil paint on a small (16″ x 12″) linen panel. Not every idea in my sketchbox can become a large painting. This new format gives me a chance to let some of my sketches out of the box.

Less that a full blown painting, more than a drawing ~ Sunrise Flower Market, is a one-of-a-kind hybrid original. It is created on a rigid canvas panel and sealed with satin varnish, sold unframed. It will fit a standard 16″ x 12″ frame, no glass required.

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7 Rooftop Garden Paintings: Tuscany, Cinque Terre & Venice

I fell in love with backyard gardens in Tuscany

Every nook & cranny is an oasis awaiting cultivation

backyard garden painting of venice italy
Venezia Dream

Venice

Flowers cascade from every window sill and balcony. During my residency, I painted in Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Figline, Volterra, Florence, Cortona, and Venice.

The Perch by Dorothy Fagan
The Perch, detail

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.

Rooftop Garden Paintings, Cinque Terre
Rooftop Garden Series

Figline

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.

Rooftop Garden Paintings, Florence, Italy
The Awning

Monterossa

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.

The Perch, Rooftop Garden Painting Series
The Perch, Rooftop Garden Painting Series ~ Cinque Terre

Florence

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?

Rooftop Garden Paintings, Tuscany
Rooftop Garden

A gardener myself, I get the message. Plant joy, drip water, fertilize with love.

Village Blooming, Cinque Terre balconies blooming
Village Blooming, Cinque Terre balconies blooming

Poggio Alla Croce

Windows and doorways like eyes peeking out at me.

Village on thetHill
Village on the Hill
VillageRossa2
Villa Rossa, Balcony Garden painting series

Three Sisters

An open balcony beside three sisters tucked into a window niche, side by side in the sun. Me, myself, and I?

Village Trio, Venice Window Garden
Village Trio, Venice Window Garden

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