Thursday, April 14, 2011

Transitioning, back home

Tuscany was an amazing inspiration for me, a place where all of your senses are stimulated morning to night. The people, the countryside, the food (new favorite cheese - pecorino) , and the wine (new favorite wine - Vernaccia di San Gimignano). I am still thinking about all of the vistas and fortunately have so many incredible photographs, a few of which I am sharing below. I hope to start painting from these next week but in the meantime I am back home catching up on life.

Trip highlights -

Castello di Tornano, Gaiole in Chianti

 Good Morning, done with blood oranges

"Plein Air" studio #1, looking toward Lecci in Chianti

wine tasting at the castle

entering Siena, walled medieval city that once rivaled with Florence (and I think it still does)

view looking out from San Gimignano, a small, walled medieval hill town known for it's many towers, and for it's white wine, Vernaccia. For me, being in San Gimignano provided the epitome of a lush, Tuscan Vista

"Plein Air" studio #2, Torrita di Siena

looking toward Torrita, another walled medieval town 

one of the many metal sculptures scattered throughout the property

On the way to Cortona

Wines from the Baracchi Vineyards, Cortona

Ben and Jerry's ice cream in Cortona, really?

By the end of the trip, flowers were blooming everywhere, the spring greens were even more lush than when we arrived

Vista from the Cortona city walls, an Etruscan city dating back to 200 B.C., which also flourished during the Renaissance

My decision when planning this trip was to focus on the landscape and countryside more than the architecture and art in the cities. The italian culture is one that has always fascinated me and being there was the gift of a lifetime.

Getting into the groove back at home meant dropping off two larger encaustic paintings to the local Swampscott Arts Association spring show:

"Summer Pathway"

"Spring Pathway"

I was also asked to exhibit at the Sovereign Bank in town, details will follow after we hang work tomorrow. Next week once I am more settled I will begin framing my plein air paintings done in Italy and then hope to get to work on some larger encaustic as well as watercolors, all inspired by my trip. Until then, Arrivederci!


  1. Thank you for sharing your trip to Tuscany with us, Robin. You will have this inspiration for your art forever, in my opinion.

  2. Beautiful photos of both the countryside and your work. A trip like that truly is a gift of a lifetime. Wow! Thanks for sharing and I look forward to more. Connie

  3. Thank you for sharing your photos. I feel like I've been on a beautiful holiday myself! Good luck with the encaustic show!

  4. A trip of a lifetime--now you can paint it. Great photos.

  5. Oh, how wonderful to see Tuscany again! I wish I could go again. Wonderful pictures. Hope you sell a lot so you can go to some other wonderful p;ace.

  6. Casey, thank you for your comment and support.

    I hope I have more (new paintings) to share some time next week, Connie!

    Thank you, Mark. I just tried to post on your blog but I am having some technical difficulties with my comment posts today... I wonder if blogger made some update changes while I was on vacation.

    I sure am inspired right now, Hallie.

    Eva, I would not have been able to do a trip like this if it weren't for my fiance and he and I are thinking we would love to go back to Italy at some point, time will tell!

  7. What beautiful vistas Robin! Definitely painting material. It's great that you were able to do some plein aire while you were there.

  8. What a gorgeous bunch of photos and your two paintings as well, Robin. This is a trip that will always reign as supreme. How stunning and how lovely and how envious I am!

  9. Great pictures. Your artwork is so vivid it looks like a photo.