Alvaro takes us back to Piazza della Signoria. This is the square where the statue David by Michelangelo is.
It is difficult to find a place for 15 artists to set up. The streets of Florence are crowded with tourists. I set up my gear in a great spot, no one else wants it. I find out why, the water fountain is in the wall behind me and every one comes past to fill up their water bottles. After having my easel bumped several times I decide to move.
This is the subject that Alvaro has chosen for today’s painting, it is a beautiful building. Notice that the building second from the right doesn’t have glass in the windows. While we were painting the pigeons had a party on the window sills.
Alvaro finishes his painting and gives us some instruction. He explains that we should have hard and soft edges, that we should have emotion and movement in our paintings. I listen intently hoping that some of the masters skill might transfer across to me.
It is hard work, so many new things to deal with; a new palette, people watching over my shoulder, noise, new techniques, crowds and the innate desire to go shopping, or for a ride on the sleeping horses with drooping bottom lips standing nearby.
The desire to run gets stronger as the painting subjects get harder.
Phew at last, I am happy with my first wash. Now I have to work on what comes next.
Alvaro says to create a great composition, we need to manipulate the scene. He creates a beautiful composition. His paintings are so fresh and vibrant.
I am getting better. Maybe a few more years with Alvaro and I might do a nice painting.
It has been an amazing experience painting with Alvaro. On this trip I have met; designers, musicians, travel agents, doctors, nurses, B&B owners, chemists, teachers, architects, all artists in their own right. And last but not least I have been fortunate to have shared this experience with my sister Zoe. Everyone loved Zoe, she became the motivator and supporter of us lot of crazy artists. You could hear every one calling Zoe, Zoe and she would come to help. She carried bags, dried Alvaro’s paintings in the sun, kept Alvaro’s lovely wife Anna Maria company on little shopping trips and listened to our stories at the end of the day