Daily Paintings ~ 100@100

With all the new painting inspiration of Tuscany, I think it will be fun to share it by offering 100 paintings at $100. The shopping feed will follow each featured painting.

Today’s painting is inspired by Loro Ciuffenna, the Etruscan town I wrote about earlier. This distant window caught my eye. It’s bright teal blue against the rustic white-washed stucco wall sings beside the willow tree.

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La Finestra Blu (The Blue Window, 7″ x 5″, oil on resin panel

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Bicycle Races in Figline

Wandering into the old part of Figline Valdarno on a Sunday afternoon, we heard quite a commotion coming from the town square. We worked our way through the narrow alleys, a maze of tunnels between buildings from Medieval times. Laundry hanging from windows and flowers spilling over balconies, reminded us that this old village is vibrant and fresh with life.

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Figline Gare Ciclistiche (Bicycle Races in Figline), watercolor

Following boisterous  noise, we discovered the square overflowing with children, bicycles, parents and grand parents. The race was about to begin. The youngest group of 8-year-olds lined up under a hot pink banner. Dressed in brilliant racing silks, they looked sophisticated,  serious, and focused.

We found ourselves Snapping photos and counting laps, cheering them on as if we too were proud grandparents.  When the older group made their second lap, we found our way to a cafe in the shade, ordered a drink and sat down to enjoy the festive atmosphere.

I painted the watercolor from memory two days later ~ my first sight of their colorful bicycle race day, embraced by the arms of the whole village.

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The Olive Grove

Tuscany’s hillsides are lined with vineyards and olive trees. The dusty blue green color of the olives is distinctive. At sunrise they  drip with dew and sparkle in the breeze. A magical sight.

Olive Grove, watercolor
Olive Grove, watercolor

I painted this from memory. Trying to distill movement, light and magic into one painting.

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See more watercolors> Chianti Magic,   Doorways,   Cortona People