Treasure

“ I absolved my morning jogging round and on my way home,I nearly forgot it’s flee market day, I will have a short look.

How it can be so crowded here,… old stuff, granny stile robes, nothing practical… but, wait, look those plates with a thin golden profile. They are not even so ugly but for the dishwasher are not an option. So, let’s move on, I need a shower and a good coffee… but hey! Hold on, I don’t believe it! it can’t be true, look at what that girl has found…I need to watch it closer, if it is what I THINK…It must be MINE“

Oil on canvas 60×80 cm

I like the sense of life in market place’s scenes, the contrasts and the variety they offer. From a painting point of view, it is just fun to play with different surfaces, objects and people. The main challenge is to focus on a story, because the reality has so many suggestions that from one shot you could create many paintings.

Ink sketch on Moleskine

For this one I used a photo reference but to focus I had to pick up in an ink sketch a some interesting characters: the sporty lady there by chance, the deep into matters one and of the back what I called Mrs Magoo which I felt in love with. Diverse people, as much as flee market objects, captured at once, looking for their own personal treasure … I liked it so I took a 60×80 cm canvas and started to work.

TABAK

Ink on paper – very little sketch thinking with the brush

„When the night comes and the lights are on

You walk home, the same way as every day in a cold winter evening. Nobody waits for you beside Micky, your cat waiting for his dinner. It is different from what you imagined or not?

Tokyo, Hong Kong, London and now here, you have not really expected more company, the job is less thrilling than years ago and your watches collection reminds you that time pass by.

Smoke from your cigarette and you walk home.”

While I paint, I tell myself stories and I begin when I decide for a subject.

It’s very often a spontaneous decision, immediate, like taking a instant picture or the opposite, growing day by day , slowly, passing by always the same spot.

In this case it was a slow approach, the flair of this shop, the light in the night with the warmth of the window: smoking as comfort for the soul, a meditative hug a relaxing moment where you stop the hectic of the day and start thinking.

I never smoked and I can’t tell if my interpretation is right: but the sketch convinced me, the square composition simple and balanced with a jazzy mood. The enlightened red of the label, you can’t help falling in love with it while painting.

I changed a bit the drawing in the painting, introducing a little perspective instead of a side view; it shows a bit better the dynamic of the walking man, the way he comes back. From-where we don’t know, to where, neither.

The garden

Distance

I don’t want to write much about this painting, because it’s a feeling
I let everyone make his/her own story about it
Be far away from home, family, friends, all people you love
For whatever reason, waiting for the moment to be together again,
That‘s it.
Oll on canvas 40×60 cm

Aida

The night and the cafes …and most of all the lights which are the reason for which I wanted to paint this subject.

As it was a cold and rainy evening I had no other chance than taking a picture as reference and it took me a while even to do so.

I noticed that corner of Vienna already last year and as it happens, the idea to paint it was kept in my mind for a long time. Finally I was there shortly again and the occasion came to take some photos to be used as reference- the winter mood and the waters on the street was even better that what I had in my imagination and i really enjoyed to paint the contrasts.

As usual oil on canvas

Tender is the night

A nocturne from Munich, a painting I wanted to try since a long time …I love the city when it’s calm and the nights gives beauty to every ordinary place. The shiny lights of the bars and restaurants design a path that can be followed until the end of the imaginary world.

Who remains outside has time for thinking – duties and expectations are over.

Oil on canvas 30cm x 65 cm

breakfast – slowly

A painting that stays for the beauty of the morning hours… in a Vienna’s Café place just a calm moment with time for reading and tasting the first coffee of the day.

The light is still a soft one, the place is quiet an hot day maybe will come. Opposite to the stressful life rhythm, this subject is for me a symbol for a different way to live the day.

I had the time too on that morning, for a slow start and a painting subject was just appearing in front of my eyes without really doing any effort – it required just a fresh look to the world.

Mr Ben – Munich life

One of the last plein air painting of this season for me, this small work was created on a Sunday morning in Munich. People living in that area use to sit outside the cafes as soon as the sun in shining and enjoy a slow brunch.

Mr ben is also one of my favorite place for coffee, they know how to make a good espresso and this is crucial for my Italian soul… this is my tribute to my weekend cappuccino

Oil on panel 30×30 cm