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

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.

Cleaning up

It is since a while I was planning to continue painting some interiors, this subject has many aspects that I found interesting and funny to paint : the light – the morning sunshine entering the room creating a lot of reflections and a path for the eyes… the mirror that reveal part of reality usually not visible to the observer…and the cleaning lady. She prepares the table for the day, cleaning dust and dirty – a kind of white fee that with a simple work bring the world to shine.

I am fascinated by those usual scene so normal and so beautiful. I tried to paint loose and light not” to disturb her” in her work.

The 3 legs cat

Lately I am doing some experiments around animals to understand how to depict them at best. Somehow it seems to be that very classic oil portrait are a kind of too rigid medium to depict them.

Here a test with watercolor and white chalk with a charming red cat (with indeed only three legs ) oft visiting the atelier just for the company… I love his character , the pirate spirit’, a beautiful survivor – probably protagonist of a fairy tale still to be written.

I enjoyed the technique experiment, it could be that more will follow.

Cafe’ Westend

Probably the last painting for 2019, inspired by a charming coffee shop in Vienna the Westend Cafe. I particularly enjoyed painting this subject from a random photo took last time I was in the city…the painting is freely inspired by the mood of a lazy wake up hours – there is a kind of promise in the morning hours when the day is open and in principle everything is still possible to happen…

The empty table is the expectations for something new to happen, the timeless place and people in the scene are witnessing the moment.

Oil on canvas 50×70 cm