Friday, February 24, 2017

Fortezza da Basso



In the centre of the city of Florence broods a huge and uninviting fortress. It was built as part of the city walls, but like many urban fortifications it was designed as much to oppress the citizens as oppose the foes. Duke Cosimo didn't trust his people - they had exiled his family more than once in the past - and wanted to make sure his army was always on hand.

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bittersweet bonanza

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Baptistery of Florence

A quick watercolour executed on my way home through the crepuscular streets of Florence.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Field House in Compton, Surrey



A drawing in Copic soft tip pens of the farmland south of Compton, Surrey (near Guildford) in the UK. Nestled in the woods, a late Victorian pile known as the field house. It's a reclusive dwelling - from the village side there is only a gatehouse visible, and this view is little better.

Saturday, February 4, 2017





The view out the window of the artist's studio on via Nazionale in Florence, Italy, once maintained by the Ontario College of Art and Design.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Basilica di Santa Ciara, Assisi



A view, drawn from life in my sketchbook, of the basilica of Saint Clare - the close companion of Saint Francis of Assisi. She is buried there, in the 19th century crypt.

But the building is 13th century, and is a nice enough example of the rather squat Italian Gothic style of the central Middle Ages. It's basically a huge stone barn, with what are surely the ostriches of the flying buttress world. They barely look as if they could get off the ground at all.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Studio model with mirror



Even when the model strikes a good pose, you don't always get a good angle. I diverted myself with the drapery, and my colleague in the mirror.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Montrichard


A view of Montrichard, in the Tourraine, France, painted from the far side of the river. It was a nice day, and I was taking a break from watching the local kennel club's agility trials.

Behind the houses is the church of Saint Croix, a largely romanesque structure, although the tower is gothic. I made an etching of its facade, which you can see here. Above it, the fortified keep of the castle built by the irrepressible Foulques Nerra, the Black Falcon, whose wars vexed the region in the 11th century.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016