Archive for September, 2010

Main Street America? Perhaps not, but indeed the prettiest little working harbor in the state — Cape Porpoise, with a village so charming it’s like a throw back in time. One market, one streetlight, one stop sign, one gas station, one tiny library, fabulous art galleries, one stunning harbor and one very popular locals restaurant.. The Wayfarer. Old sea captains homes tucked behind tree lined streets.  This little village inspires me to paint.

The Wayfarer

Main St -- Cape Porpoise, Maine


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A couple of years ago we spent some weeks in Tuscany and in the hill town of Cortona.  Roaming around the streets,  my wife found the author, Frances Mayes villa  Bramasole.

Villa Bramasole - Cortona, Italy

At the time she didn’t know whose estate this was until she met the caretaker. She was simply drawn to it’s stunning gardens and the lovely architecture of the estate and spent hours shooting pictures primarily of the herb gardens.  When the caretaker explained who the famous owner of this beautiful place was, I just couldn’t get her away from it, as Under the Tuscan Sun was one of her favorite books.  The caretaker was kind enough to give her the grand tour and show her around the place – which made the day even more special for her.

I did a rough sketch and once we were back in the states, I painted this piece for her as a remembrance of a very happy day in Italy.

Villa Bramasole

She posted  about her adventures of this day on her blog here.

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