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Painting in the Studio this Morning

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One of the things that I like about Autumn and the changes of the season are the shorter days and low laying light.  Sure, this means I have less time to paint using this light but it also means that I can intensify the time I spend painting.  So I bundle up and open my studio windows to get lots of fresh air since I’m using oil paints.

This morning I’m working on a wedding commission for a client in the US.  I’ll be able to show it to you later as it’s a surprise for their spouse.

Have you got any questions about painting commissions or my event painting services here in Italy? Go ahead and leave a comment below, I’ll get back to you soon.

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Custom Italian Profile Portraits

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If you’ve ever visited central Italy, then I’m sure you’ve been to the Duomo in Orvieto.  If you haven’t, you should!  It has some of the most beautiful painted Renaissance chapels in Italy which have been cleaned in recent years.  You can find such masters as Gentile da Fabriano, Ugolino, Beato Angelico just to name a few.

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I went there recently one morning to accompany friends and as I was slowly walking along the side of the central nave and admiring the beauty of it, I noticed these little square paintings on a decorated wall and border.  They were small portraits of patrons who had comissioned the work of a side chapel.  They were simple and beautifully done using the ‘grisaille’ technique which consists in a painting of a figure painted in grey or neutral tones so as to imitate sculpture and had a gold leaf backgroud that shone warmly.  The profile view which was favored in ancient coins was also frequently used in the 15th century Renaissance Italy.  It struck me that these would make lovely contemporary portraits to paint for weddings, anniversaries, grandparents day, father’s & mother’s day or birthdays.

So I quickly took out my camera and snaped a photo, went home and drew out my first prototypes and voila: my Custom Profile Portraits for Couples!  Do you like this couple portrait painting idea?  You can order yours in time for the holidays HERE.

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Read below to find out HOW THESE PORTRAITS ARE DONE:
– I carefully draw your portrait onto a finely prepared Italian canvas board.
– Your portrait is painted using the “grisaille” technique (a technique executed entirely in shades of grey or of another neutral greyish colour.)
– Once dry, I apply a yellow ochre acrylic background and let dry. Afterwards the gilding glue and let dry, then eventually the faux gold leaf.
– Once the entire painting is dry, I protect it by brushing it over with natural lacquer which seals the surface making it easy to clean and gives it a semi-matte finish.
Total production & drying time: 1 week.  Shipping time from Italy 5-10 working days.

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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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