Fabriano In Acquerello 2017

I'm very grateful and proud that my watercolor painting 'Cerchio Magico' was selected 
to the international watercolor exhibition
 in Fabriano, Italy this year.
The exhibition is opening on Thursday April 20th, 2017
and is part of a larger happening (link) gathering 100 Italian watercolor Artists representing our country,  
and totally more than 700 artworks by as many artists from the whole world!

Cerchio magico, 2016- watercolor 38x56 cm
During the following days there will be demonstrations, workshops and events - 
and many many watercolor artists sharing their passion - 
in the small town of Fabriano in Central Italy.
Here is the facebook page where you can read more.
I look forward to this experience - meeting some of my favourite artists, sharing with friends,
painting together and learning more every day!

Spring flowers in watercolors - how to paint

Narcisi dal giardino, 2016 -38x56 cm fabiano 300gsm

Lately I have been concentrating on urban sketching and painting, but I usually love painting florals.
It's easy - they grow in my garden or I keep them on my table.
Earlier I painted realistic, even if not really botanical flowers, 
while I now prefer to simplify and catch the essence.
On the painting above you can notice a clear influence by the paintings of Jean Haines ;), 
only an impression of the flowers!

Floreale, 2016. 38x56 cm

I paint quite big, real size, which means that I often just  can't fit everything into the paper. 
That's one reason why I choose to paint only a part of them; 
the main reason is that I find it more dynamic and expressive as a composition.

This is how I proceed: 
I use a big brush, a lot of water and bright colors. 
Once the first wash is dry I will add darker details, little by little - trying not to overwork - 
this is the hardest part!
Then I leave it to rest, and some hours later, or even the next day I will see if I need to add something.
I some areas are too bright, I will use a glaze, often with a complementary color.

Thank you for reading,
Hope you enjoyed my spring flowers?!



This year has started with many pleasant news regarding arts. 
First of all my work was selected to Fabriano in Italy, 
but I will tell you more about that in another post, maybe with some photos...

Then my friend Natus had the brilliant idea 
to create a group of
watercolour painters in Florence. 
We meet regularly to paint together in different places of the city 
- urban locations - we've met in Fiesole, P.zza Santo Spirito or -
 as in this case - in a garden, Villa il Ventaglio.

Such a lovely day!

It's a great occasion of sharing your passion with lovely people.

There are already many of us, and more join every time!
And -
another nice part is when at the end we usually have lunch together!