Update: ‘Self-portrait’ is one of DPW Facebook picks of the day! I have always been reluctant about painting self-portraits. I don’t know, it feels too personal and being shy does not help. Anyway, this is my first attempt since 1998, I think. I hope you like it. It’s a very small painting (7 × 5 […]
The scene was inspired by a family walk along the Ridgeway in the Chiltern Hills. At first glance, this oil on board shows a couple of people walking on a grass path. The image projects a feel of everyday life, of a journey together in a safe place surrounded by the sanctuary of nature, a […]
Last summer I’ve visited Hughenden Manor, near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. A Victorian mansion that served as the country house of Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, the 1st Earl of Beaconsfield. He was one of Queen Victoria’s favourite Prime Ministers. This is a view from inside the Manor, looking towards the gardens. I loved the variety of […]
Update: ‘Cumbrian Forest’ is one of DPW Facebook picks of the day! This is a little study of a tree and how it connects with its surroundings. I took this photo a few years back in the North of England in the Lake District (Cumbria). I love how the light filters through the canopies and […]
Update: ‘Chiesa Campestre, Roncaglia’ is one of DPW Facebook picks of the day! This is my first painting of 2022, a little rural church (Chiesa Campestre) near the ruins of Augusta Bagiennorum in my native region of Southern Piedmont, Italy. This is one of the many small Churches scattered in the countryside of my native […]
An early morning walk near Weston Turville inspired this little painting. The foggy weather front is replaced by the blue sky. This is a reworked painting I wasn’t satisfied with, the contrast between the lower-key values at the bottom of the painting and the sky seems to work better now.
My favourite subject, clouds. I really enjoyed working on this little painting! Inspired by a photo taken a few months ago, I applied a first tonal layer over a board stained with some burnt sienna followed by some quick free brush marks for the highlights and “details” using a filbert. Enjoy!
Another painting inspired by College Lake near Pitstone in the Aylesbury Vale district of Buckinghamshire, a nearby nature reserve set in an old chalk quarry. The site is a sanctuary for more than a thousand species of wildlife on the lake, marshland and grassland. Here rare species of birds nest on the islands in the […]
The illusion of volume using tonality. This was a very challenging exercise in how to handle paint, shape, halftones etc.
On my daily walk around Weston Turville reservoir, the landscape is changing. Harvest is here and the new season is coming. I painted this in 2020 looking forward to the new year coming; It’s now the end of 2021 and we still don’t know when the new season will start.