Down the street from my villa, this grand palace perches atop Poggio alla Croce. It’s Roman arches frame views of Figline to the east and Florence to the west. The turquoise sky presents a brilliant counterpoint to it’s earth Tuscan Yellow.
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.
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.
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.