Abstract Architecture ~ Loro Cuiffena

abstract architecture
Villa Vermillion, 7 x 14, oil

Muse Chincia’s impact overflowed into brilliant color. Street scenes abstract colors, gritty textures juxtaposed flowed eagerly onto two canvas panels.

Villa Vermillion, a house down the street from our apartment in Poggio Alla Croce, had been haunting me since we arrived a week ago. Finally getting it on canvas felt wonderful. I can’t wait to paint it again from another view.

Tenda Gialla (The Yellow Curtain), oil, 14 x 11

Tenda Gialla (The Yellow Curtain) countered with the cooler end of the  Tuscan palette. While my inspiration was a bright yellow curtain blowing out the upper window, stucco walls of yellow create a curtain of their own. I love the slice of blue sky peeking between them!

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Loro Ciuffenna ~ Inspiration for Abstract Paintings

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