My friend and fellow nurse Kathy Bradshaw recently traveled to Italy with her camera, her excellent eye for composition, and her knack for capturing that perfect moment. As I looked at her photos, I saw one that really required me to paint it.
I asked Kathy about the image and this is what she said:
“The photo was taken in San Gimignano, pronounced "San Jim-ih-nyah'-no", a small, medieval hilltop town in the Tuscany region. It is known for its 14 preserved medieval towers. Walking through its streets is truly like walking back in time! If I remember correctly, the kitty cat and his wall were just outside the gate into the town.”
I think there is a rule out there that says it’s not cool to paint from other people’s photos, but she gave me permission… plus I’m not a rule follower and I’m not that cool.
|"Tuscany Day Watch" 11" x 15" Oil on canvas|
I painted it on a raw linen canvas that I stretched myself, in a gallery wrap style over 1 ½ inch-deep stretcher bars. I primed it with clear gesso so the raw linen color would serve as a foundation color for the painting. It looks perfect on the wall without a frame.
Kathy came up with the perfect name for the painting… Tuscany Day Watch.