I’ve painted outdoors and I’ve painted indoors… on location and in studios all over the world. People often ask me: Which do I prefer? Is one more authentic? Is the other easier? Over the years I’m thinking it is all up to the individual, what gets you stoked as a painter, what inspires your process.
Founded in 1621, the University of Oxford Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic gardens in Great Britain and one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world. It has one of the most diverse yet compact collections of plants in the world and contains over 8,000 different species, including… poppies!
March and April showers have made for a remarkably wet and rainy spring for us here in Tuscany. After last year’s drought and extraordinary heat, this May is completely different; the Tuscan countryside has exploded in a lush green-ness that we haven’t seen in years.
Gratitude for the corn poppy or papaver rhoeas, whose annual display brings a visual relief to what I call “green fatigue” in the Tuscan primaverile landscape.
Conveniently, and not only for my eye, Nature has brought a pleasing compliment to ease the annoyance of these endless shades of green with swaths of the scarlet poppy.
If you are a “Facebook-er” visit Graham’s Facebook page for an inside look as to the goings on of the Graham Fine Art gallery.
Most notable are these new “Poppy Portraits”, intimate views of the individual flower as no two are exactly alike.
I’ve read that Michelangelo said “If you don’t like green, don’t visit Tuscany in spring”… As for myself, these gorgeous poppies are every reason to visit Tuscany in spring!
Here we are again, 2012 is almost behind us. Sandra Jones Campbell and I had our annual studio show last weekend, and all conspired to make it a successful event. Sandra’s Studio in Laguna Canyon is nothing short of fabulous and the ideal venue for a holiday party.
It is the perfect setting for me to showcase my new Water Paintings and fresh small pieces from my studio in Tuscany.
This year’s collection showcases hand gilded French frames by Sennelier and my favorite hand made Florentine frames.
These Tuscan treasures are a delight for me to create. They are also the ideal size for gift giving… and several sold that evening.
Sandra and I posing with our fine furry friends… definitely adding to the holiday cheer!
Merry Holidays to you all… and a Prosperous and Peace-filled New Year!
With the 23rd of September, Summer 2011 was officially over, but here in Tuscany we are experiencing an unusually warm and dry autumn… making for perfect conditions to harvest the wine grapes, or as the Italians call it: Vendemmia. John, Renzo and I returned to Tuscany after a long working summer in California, and were able to take some pleasure in an additional summer here. We resumed production on John’s latest independent – and wine themed – movie “Terroir” which stars Keith Carradine and Gaetano Guarino along with members of John’s Florentine acting ensemble . Naturally such a film requires footage of the vendemmia, so off to San Gimignano, where the grape harvest was well underway…
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