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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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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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“Alla Prima” A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Direct Painting

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I came across Al Gury‘s book by chance one day as I was browsing “alla prima painting” on the internet.  

It seemed like a wonderful book to have and once I received it in the mail I was even more surprised to see that the images and explanations were genuinely informative and beautiful.

I really enjoyed the step by step images along with the color palettes of famous direct painters. This is one of those books that you’ll never get tired of looking at. 

Whether you’re a seasoned painter or simply appreciate painting, this book helps you to further understand the complex process of developing an alla prima painting.  

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