Castello Banfi is an Italian wine estate of 7,100 acres planted just 20 years ago. My husband and I had the pleasure of dining there on a trip to the Tuscany region of Italy. It's acreage is massive and lush, offering me easy visualization of this painting. Always enticed by old stone structures, I set to work to give you an idea of what you are missing by not traveling to Italy!
I love Van Gogh. The one thing that most people seem to know is that he painted feverishly until he completed his paintings. Don't mistake painting feverishly with painting without knowledge. New discoveries are being made about Van Gogh and his studio practices. Through the use of x-ray equipment and new technologies, it is being purported that Van Gogh was a highly skilled artist and an expert in color theory.
A few weeks ago I was inspired to paint this thickly textured palette knife painting using brilliant azure blues, effusive reds, and warm golds. Though spontaneously painted, I still apply color theory and the rest of the elements of principle and design. After concentrating on using those elements for so many years, they just seem to come naturally to me now. It's the price of years and years of study. So, when someone asks me how long it takes me to complete a particular painting, I'm tempted to say, "Oh, about thirty years or so." However, I just smile and say, "Long enough".
This 16"x20" textured acrylic palette knife flower painting is titled, "Red on Blue". I was just informed by my representing gallery that it sold over the weekend. I'm extremely thankful to have folks who appreciate and love my work. Thank you! - Jill Saur
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Camaraderie is about relationship between old friends in Italy. Spending the afternoon beneath the trees, watching passersby is not often enjoyed by most U.S. citizens. Because I was charmed by witnessed these men's sharing of their time, I wanted to record the moment in a watercolor painting.
Original Watercolor Landscape Painting With Figures
Spring in the south brings new life in the climbing plant named wysteria . This acrylic painting on gallery wrapped canvas is inspired by the plant's amazing grape like hanging flower clusters and sweet aroma! An arbor draped with masses of these violet blooms makes living through a dreary winter worth it!
Sometimes I envy the Italian lifestyle as opposed to the sedentary lifestyle of some United States residents! While in Europe, I tend to have more energy and I feel that it must come from the fact that I walk everywhere when visiting! The original watercolor painting titled " A Brisk Walk " is my way of expressing this exhilarating feeling one gets in a beautiful city full of inspiring architecture and meaningful history!
Who doesn't love a freshly glazed donut with a bold cup of coffee in the morning!! By the end of the day we are relaxed with a glass of our favorite grape! Ah, life is so good! My watercolor painting, "My Favorite Things" gathers all three for your enjoyment! I will be fixated on the enjoying just these things tomorrow!
"Terracotta" is homage to one of the most favored containers for a beautiful garden! Having just returned from a fabulous watercolor instructors' workshop, I was anxious to paint a new watercolor painting using all my new found insight into this medium. There is aways so much more that we artists can learn from each other!
Original Watercolor Landscape, Garden Path Painting
While riding on the streets of Rome, Italy, I spotted the blazing color of the tree , and the colorful flag flying outside what may have been a bedroom window. This is the way many Roman city residents have their being. Something makes me think that inside these walls there is celebration, laughter, and good food to be enjoyed! What story do you hear being told in this watercolor painting?
As an artist, I am always looking for contrast; shadows give me what I am looking for! In addition to loving this old structure, the play of light is a painters dream! The inspiration for "Morning Shadows" came from childhood experiences such as playing in the midst of a huge field of grass, lying on the ground making images out of clouds, and trees awash with color in the autumn of the year.
Original Watercolor Landscape Painting
Tuscan Skies are much like our Georgia skies but with a view like no other! Villa Fontelunga is a dream of a place to spend afternoons at the end of a day trip to Florence, Italy! I choose this particular view of the Tuscan landscape overlooking the cabana where we spent several evenings by the crackling fire, enjoying camaraderie and delicious Italian wines.
Tuscan Watercolor Landscape, Tuscany Landscape Art Painting