Italian Sunlight


  • Medium: Oil on Linen
  • Size: 40.5 x 55 cm
  • Date: 29 October, 2012
  • Frame: no
  • Shipping container: box


This is one of those paintings that almost painted itself. I was walking around this Tuscan village in the heat of the day, when probably all the sensible Italians were taking a siesta. Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun. I turned a corner and this scene confronted me. I found some shade and sat down on a door step and made quick drawings and colour notes directly on the drawing. The colour notes were written more as reminders and I used the names of the oil colours I thought would give me the colours on the canvas that I saw in front of me. I didn’t have my camera with me but wished that I had. However, as it turned out my memory and the drawing and colour notes seemed to help me create a painting that might have been more stilted had I been using a photograph to work from.

Ignoring the colour and the buildings, this has some of the same feel about it that the Dales, Malham Cove drawings have. You will find a link to those drawings on the website.

In Broad DaylightLondon