Calm or the sea

The sea, oil on canvas 80x60cm

“I arrived just yesterday, long trip, full bags heavy heart.

Here life just run slower, the time is gentle with us, days are extended and I can even walk late afternoon just letting my mind free to imagine.

I could spend my entire life here, listening to the waves, not only one week or two…why not always?

Rent a simple room somewhere where I can hear the sea and watch its endless movement

Breath this salty fresh air and simply be calm.”

As much as I love the sea and ocean, it’s rarely subject if my paintings. I find difficult to tell it’s story without being obvious. The reference I used for this work is an exception, I was in Ischia around with my camera in the evening and my subject were those rusty boats In one shot I realized there was hidden a scene, two men chatting at the ferry boat’s dock.

I loved the situation, so usual for a place at seaside, so connected with the moment… and while I was busy rendering people and boats, I painted the sea.

Oil on canvas 80×60 cm

Green

Green, Oil on canvas 60x80cm

“…and every time I walk across this street, I feel like a tourist. I have been here so many times, day and night, alone and with friends for a drink but to be here now, early afternoon with my brand new dress it feels like holiday.

It was a spontaneous escape from the office, a late lunch break and I see this wonderful green dress in a shop – a bit old fashioned maybe? Well I don’t care, I simply love it because it has the taste of spring. I bought it and had it on immediately. My usual black uniform jacket… I will keep it for a rainy afternoon: today it must be life, it must be green!”

It is Milan again, to be precise Brera area, a very lively one with the art academy, fancy shops, bars and restaurants: its a very busy part of the city streets are narrow and buildings quite old fashioned. There is movement in the scene, the sunshine my home country has. It is pure energy and a symbol of simple enjoyment of the moment.

Oil on canvas 60x80cm

Navigli

It’s hot, Milano turns into a tropical city during summertime. Fog and cold are just memories, African heat and mosquitoes the reality.It’s midday sticky and empty streets…nobody would go out right now without a good reason, but I have one.Power walk modus, I need to reach the darsena as fast as I can.

Andrea will be waiting for me already, I didn’t expect her – she just texted ‘here I am, I want to see you. I don’t even know if I really want to meet her after that quarrel but she made it until here. We will have a coffee in this mezzogiorno di fuoco.

Oil on canvas 80x60cm

I love to paint evening and cosy light: this work dedicated to Milano was a bit a challenge, full sunshine in all its brutality. The city can be really hot in summer, you can look for shades, less physical action or air conditioning.This work is oli painting on canvas 60×80 cm. More will follow about Milano and Italy, I have memories and stories to tell.

Resilience

My last painting is dedicated to Milano, the city where I come form.

The subject comes from a spontaneous random shot downtown – I loved the contrast between the grey and cold buildings against the sun reflecting on a glass building. By chance a nun passed but and she was for me the perfect character there. She has a difficult mission but she keeps moving on, one step after the other… regardless of the grey world, the cold, the age.

The perseverance and the ability to continue on a path when itˋs not easy and the outcome is uncertain.

It’s really not about religion but about attitude.

Oil on canvas 40×50 cm

Love

Some weeks ago this little painting was shown in a group exhibition in Milan – theme was love and the work was done for this purpose.

Frankly speaking i could not imagine a romantic love picture therefore I went back to my memories and found and old photo which depicts strong friendships feelings with an impossible tight hug and smiling eyes

That is love for sure, without compromise and expectation – just lived in that moment of life where all is possible.

Oil on panel 30×30 cm

A little portrait

I am not going to tell much about this portrait apart that i had the luck to have this pretty lady as a model for a spontaneous photo shooting some time ago.

A lovely subject and a beautiful light so I decided to try it out ☺️

Moreover It was so nice to have a gesture in a portrait and a little story to tell, I really enjoyed it.

Oil on panel 30×40 cm

Railway -ferrovie nord

I am deeply linked to the town where I took the inspiration for this painting – this is a studio one, bigger dimension 50x70cm , oil on canvas. For various reasons I worked with a lot of interruptions, which is usually not my approach. I am happy to have kept the right atmosphere and in my eyes, to have captured a bit of the beauty hidden in an extremely normal town in Milan hinterland.

The traffic light and the old factory

Maybe because it’s home, maybe because it’s a slightly different subject, but i really enjoy to depict those urban landscapes.

The source of inspiration is Italy where it is not uncommon to find such dismissed small factories. In their “aged” status they fascinate me, broken windows shine more to my eyes and being my home town a lot of memories are liked to those views.

The traffic light, more visible as a shade, is obliquely standing on the sidewalk with limited changed to be repaired in a near future “he” doesn’t care and continues to rule on the street

Every sign of past battle won, is empowering its authority …

Oil on canvas 50x70cm