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Mid-Summer Painting Sale on

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My Mid-Summer Painting Sale is going on right now on  Get 15% off almost all paintings in my shop.  You can choose from Umbrian Plein Air Landscapes, Still Life and Golden Series Paintings.

I only have 2 sales a year: in the Summer and before the Holiday season so this is a nice opportunity to get a very good deal on my paintings.

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Mini Botanical Flower Paintings

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I saw a beautiful book the other day at a dear friends atelier and asked to borrow it.  I guess I was in a romantic spring mood, looking for blooming inspiration.

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I was struck by these 18th century botanical drawings.  I know it could be so much more interesting to paint from life but painting from photo or illustration poses its challenges as well.  I like how there is  an absence of space or depth of field.  It seems as though time has been suspended.  The images are crisp, clean and classical  I find that reassuring somehow.

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Once I had painted these 9 x 11 in. oil paintings on canvas frame, which I consider to be studies, I thought it would be fun to paint their miniature version.  So that’s exactly what I did.  Once they had dried, I added faux gold leaf embellishment to the sides and sealed it with lacquer prepared in my studio.

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I think they make exquisitely romantic bridesmaids favors or wedding favors for the aesthetically minded bride.  However can also adorn a little corner of your world like a nightstand or a bookshelf.  Click here to view my Mini Botanicals in my shop.


Here is a little time lapse video. Click on the Settings wheel on the screen to view at the highest resolution.



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Live Painting with Opera Extravaganza in Umbria

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Walking into the Teatro Sociale in Amelia, Umbria is like walking into a box of fine chocolates, you know, the kind that are decorated all sweet and lovely.  It’s a recently restored theatre built in 1783 by the architect Stefano Cansacchi and exquisitely decorated.

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I was there to kick off Opera Extravaganza’s first event of 2016: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and the Opera Buffa, La Dirindina.  Opera Extravaganza is an incredibly talented cultural organization located iin Vetralla, Lazio Italy and headed by Susanna Ohtonen and Rudolph Hupperts.  They dedicated themselves to organizing high level operas, concerts and courses.  They’ve put together a wonderfully innovative project called “Adopt a Theatre”.  Basically anyone in the world can sign up to adopt a theatre and by doing so can view via live streaming the productions that Opera Extravaganza organises during the year.  Just think, you can watch a live opera production in the comfort of your own home wherever that may be.

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I arrived at the theatre about 3 hours before the start of the concert in order to set up and start painting the background.  What a treat to paint during the rehearsal, listening to Vivaldi.  I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of time to paint during the Dirindina since it would only last about 40 minutes.  I had to get as much painting down as possible beforehand.  The rest would have to be done from photograph later in my studio.


Having spoken with Susanna about the painting, she explained to me that she wanted me to capture the joy and playfulness of the Dirindina with her big wig and heavy stage makeup. And this is exactly what I did!  It was very important to paint the warmth and glow of the theatre lights that illuminate the theatre and also paint small details of the actors on stage.

I can’t wait to Live Paint my next venue!

Are you planning an event such as a wedding, anniversary, bar mitzvah or corporate in event in Italy or Europe.  Contact me below, I’d love to paint your celebration.

Thank you.

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Lesbian Wedding or Anniversary Paintings

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Let’s celebrate same sex marriage rights!

Think how sweet it would be to give a custom Lesbian Weddding or Anniversary Painting to your wife or to a couple of friends.   I paint my custom paintings from a photograph of your choice with fine professional grade Italian oil paints and supports.


The back of your painting is just as important as the front.  in order to make it even more special, I apply a delicate paper cornice that I embellish with faux gold accents.  If you’d like, I can write a handwritten message on it.

I pride myself in packaging your painting with simple but elegant brown Italian packaging paper with string.  I always include a little surprise fruit or flower card.

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Once your painting is nicely packaged, I ship it via Poste Italiane Priority Registered Mail which includes a tracking number.  Your painting will arrive to you within 10 working days.

A custom wedding painting is a romantic way of capturing your special day.  It’s a little jewel that will last for generations.


– Send me a high quality image(s) of the landscape or garden photos
– We convo about the details including which photo to paint.
– You make a 50% non refundable deposit (I will send you a link to make payment)
– I paint your landscape from the photograph and ship it to you once it dries.
– You make final payment after I send you photos of your finished painting.
– Drying time 2-3 weeks
– Shipping time 5-10 working days (shipping from Italy)

WOULD YOU LIKE ANOTHER SIZE? Here are my most popular sizes:
5 x 7 in. / 13 x 18 cm. COST €78 – 8 x 10 in. / 20 x 25 cm. COST €150 – 11.75 x 9.5 in. / 29 x 24 cm. COST €175

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Custom Wedding Anniversary Paintings from Photo

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Looking for a fun and romantic wedding anniversary gift?  A custom wedding anniversary painting is the perfect gift.

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I take great pride and joy in painting a couples most important date together.  As I observe your photo, I try to capture the essence and happiness of that day in order to create a one of a kind painting for you and your family to enjoy.
I create your painting using natural lighting in my studio in Umbria, Italy.




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I carefully pack my paintings and always ship them via priority international registered mail from Italy to ensure they arrive safely at your doorstep.

Details are important to me, that’s why I always giftwrap my paintings so they’re ready to be given to your loved one.
I also include a little surprise card in the packaging.




Read here to find out HOW A CUSTOM ORDER WORKS:
Contact me through my Etsy Shop.
– Send me a high quality image(s)
– We convo about the details including which photo to paint.
– You make a 50% non refundable deposit (I will send you a link to make payment)
– I paint your painting from the photograph and ship it to you once it dries.
– You make final payment after I send you photos of your finished painting.
– Drying time 2-3 weeks
– Shipping time 5-10 working days (shipping from Italy)

Please contact me to discuss details before purchasing. Thanks!

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Plein Air Painting at Roccafiore in Umbria

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The countryside around Todi is surrounded by endless rolling hills and Roccafiore Wines is cradled among them.  It’s a sweet and slow 5 minute drive up the hill to the winery and you can even catch a glimpse of Todi just across the motor way.

As a painter, you can’t just trample on someone’s property, and especially not a vineyard in full harvest.  I planned ahead and wrote Laura Ferrucci the Hospitality Manager who basically rolled out a little red carpet for me.  She set up an appointment to show me the cantina, tell me a little bit about the philosophy behind it and greeted me with warmth and enthusiasm.  I had the chance to explore the grounds and find a couple painting places for the next day.  Umbria is always beautiful but it’s particularly magical if you can experience it during one of its harvests and see the transformation of olives or grapes into prime quality products.

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What really caught my eye about this place was its aesthetic and design, its architecture and landscaping fused together.  Nothing is left to chance and everything is absolutely beautiful, from the hanging grapes, to the logo, to the farmers harvesting Grecchetto.

I woke up very early to get to the vineyards and be “in the field” by 7:30 a.m.  The morning light is the best and it moves real quick in the autumn.  I really liked the perspective that the vines offered so I set up my easel making sure I wasn’t in anyones way, especially the tractor dude that would come by every so often and pick up the harvested grapes.

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The pickers, which are local farmers that live in the area and work seasonally for the cantina were really amused by my presence as was I by theirs.  They had never seen a painter in their field before and were pretty happy to catch a glimps of my painting while it was developing.

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I really enjoyed painting en plein air in these Umbrian vineyards, the cool morning breeze, the sweetness of the farmers and knowing that I too was contributing to the harvest (in my own little way of course!).

Would you like to paint a wine harvest or olive harvest in Umbria, Italy?  Contact me below.


A special thanks to Alessandra at Discovering Umbria Tours in Todi for having introduced me to Laura Ferrucci at Roccafiore Wines.


Download your FREE Roccafiore Vineyard Painting Print that I painted that morning. I suggest you print your painting on 200 or 300 gm. cardstock for best results:




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Botanical Garden in Brera, Milan

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My daughter is in film school in Milan so this means that I’m often in the northern Italian provincial capital visiting her.

I’m a curious person and I don’t like crowds so when I heard about the Brera Botanical Garden in the center of Milan, I couldn’t resist and headed over there.  It was quite easy to find and about 250mt. from the Monteleone metro stop at Via Brera 28.

Eventhough it was late February, I was surprised to find quite a bit of flowering going on. (list)  
I’m certain it must be a real treat in late Spring when the larger trees will offer a much desired shat and freshness from the city cement.

There are comfy wooden benches throughout and I took advantage to rest and sketch some of the Galanthus that had just started blooming along with the Chimonanthus.

It’s a rather small garden, just 5000sqm. located at the end of a private street nestled among historical palazzi in one of Milan’s more charming neighborhoods. 

It has a wide variety of plants from all over the world. It’s small, sweet and very well maintained with clear and thorough plant tags.  If you’re looking for a quiet, green area to rest then this botanical garden is the perfect place. 

Click here for Opening hours & information.

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Barragan Paintings Monday Only Sale 50% OFF All Flower Painting Prints

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It’s Monday and this means it’s Barragan Paintings’ weekly sale day.
ONLY today March 23, 2015 get 50 OFF all Flower Painting Prints in my Etsy Shop.  Use code: 2FOR1SALE at the checkout.  

A little about myself:
Just like you, I enjoy finding and marveling at apparently insignificant things such as wildflowers picked on a morning walk, a local fruit right out of an orchard, or an Italian landscape especially at sunset when the colors warm up.

I love simplicity & quality and I embed these values in my paintings by using only the finest Italian oil paints and supports. When you purchase a Barragan Painting you’re buying a timeless original that will last for generations. Each painting is signed on the front & back and sold with a Certificate of Authenticity.
I accept custom orders of gardens, towns, churches, homes and landscapes.

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Friday Painter: Eva Gonzalez

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I came across Eva Gonzalèz suring my Women Artists art history course many years ago and am happy to remember her now. Gonzalès (April 19, 1849 – May 6, 1883) was a French Impressionist painter.
Eva Gonzalès was born in Paris into the family of the writer Emmanuel Gonzalèz.[1]  *from Wikipedia, read more there.

Read thi interesting paper entitled “Rethinking Self: Eva Gonzalès (1849-1883) On Her Own” by Janalee Emmer, PhD Assistant Professor of Art History Fine Arts Department, Ohio Wesleyan University


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FAI Spring Days in Umbria 2015

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FAI Days 23rd edition in Umbria: Saturday 21 and Sunday, March 22
Saturday 21 and Sunday, March 22 in Italy and Umbria the FAI Spring will take place. It is a historic event now in its 23rd edition which has so far involved more than 7.8 million Italians.
It is a large festival dedicated to cultural heritage, a unique opportunity to discover places that are normally closed to the pubblic: churches, houses, villages, palaces, archaeological sites, castles, gardens, music archives: there are over 780 places open with free entry or a small contribution in 340 locations throughout Italy thanks to the commitment and enthusiasm of the Delegations and volunteers of the FAI.

For more information:
Check out the FAI Facebook page:

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