“Tuscan Still Life”
Linda Mironti and Michael Mele of il Chiostro in New York organize interesting workshops throughout Italy. I have gone on three: Tuscany, Lake Garda & Venice. The location in Tuscany is a beautiful winery (Dievole) outside of the medieval town of Siena. On that particular workshop, Louise Freshman Brown was teaching painting.
Louise teaches a fun exercise called “deconstructive still life” whereby she sets up a still life for drawing & painting and then moves it every ten minutes or so. “Tuscan Still Life” was a product of this exercise.
The subject matter is simple: wine bottles, chairs & a table. The colors are definitely reminicent of Italy and the drawing has a nice, free feel and painted with simple, loose washes. The overall painting has a graphic feel to it.
The wine bottles are sort of symbolic of my love for fine wine and my earlier career in the wine business. Look closely in this painting and you will see the gallo nero, the symbol of the consortium of Chianti Classico producers.