“An Italian Hommage to Soutine”
In October of 2003, I drove from Paris to Lake Garda, Italy where I met up with artist Louise Freshman Brown and fellow students taking a painting class from Louise through il Chiostro which organizes all sorts of creative workshops in Italy.
The setting was wonderful. We stayed in a convent above the small town of Gargnano. It was a peaceful setting and the views of the lake were fabulous.
Most of the students worked in acrylics on either canvas or paper; I worked exclusively in watercolor; a few chose pastels.
“An Italian Hommage to Soutine” was painted just outside the front doors of the convent. It was a bit overcast that day and the wind was blowing. Trees were swaying and from the spot where I was sitting, I was feeling a little closed-in maybe due to the close proximity of the building and the wall which seemed to create a tunnel going back torwards the trees.
I deliberately distorted the perspective and objects. As I finished, it reminded me of some of Soutine’s paintings of buildings. Hence the title…
The painting has nice movement and a good design quality about it. It’s nice to shift gears and try something different now and then…