Loro Ciuffenna ~ Inspiration for Abstract Paintings

Loro Ciuffenna

How to paint this beautiful Etruscan village called Loro Ciuffenna?

A fourth century village wowed us with her vibrant Vermillion, Naples Yellow and earth toned stone. Archways framed stunning colors. Rosa stucco with verdigris shutters juxtaposed the Cerulian sky.

Loro Cuifenna

Loro Ciuffenna

Limonata and limeade refresher  at Le Bella Piazza…

Loro Ciuffenna

Narrow stone streets led us through a maze of ancient structures. Explorers, we discovered a myriad of doorways, windows and passages ~ each with distinctive texture, color and light play.

Loro Ciuffenna
Stone bridges span the deep gorge and torrent  that gives the town its name, Ciuffenna. Loro is from ancient Latin for bay tree. Houses along the gorge are inhabited by young families. Bright flowers and colorful laundry hang from windows, dinner on balconies.


Hanging balconies and cat walks cascade down into the gorge.

Loro Ciuffenna

Love, love, L O V E the chartreuse bicycle against the old stone and iron railing. What would an abstract thumbnail of this look like???

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No two doorways the same,  I must have photographed dozens. This one in particular is striking for it’s play of neutral tones, warm and cool. With two tubes of Gamblin Torret Gray, one green/blue gray and one warm yellow gray, I have been experimenting. Will post some in the next few days.


Loro Ciuffenna

Loro Ciuffenna

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Author: Dorothy Fagan

Experimenter, gardener, grandmother ... Dorothy Fagan plays with creativity, dreams, and paint every day.