The Weekly Photo Challenge from Cheri today asks us to “share an image that means “earth” to you,” for upcoming Earth Day. This photographic detail of my painting of Cypress Alleyway, which I have already featured on thechangingpalette more than once, is my way of celebrating an earthly magical place that I shall never forget.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Transition

In November 2013 for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers I posted the progress from blank canvas to finished painting of the beautiful Cypress Alleyway at Castello di Reschio in Umbria, Italy. Since two years have now gone by this week’s Photo Challenge: Transition seemed to be the perfect excuse to re-purpose Birth of a Painting. I hope you agree.


Reschio ii

Reschio iii

Cypress Alleway

Weekly Photo Challenge: Half and Half

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Cypress Alleyway Half and Half

Half photograph, half painting of Cypress Alleyway, Castello di Reschia in Umbria, Italy.

Reschio   Cypress Alleway

The original photo and painting

You can see how the painting was developed from a charcoal sketch to the finished work here in a previous Weekly Photo Challenge:Layers, which I also titled Birth of a Painting, in November 2013.

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A Hill in Umbria 18.5.15

No canyons today; this week Studio 365 will be in Italy, only figuratively speaking unfortunately, to re-visit memorable Tuscan and Umbrian landscapes with villas on hills surrounded by cypress trees and olive groves or the colourful houses of Cinque Terra perched on the rugged cliffs of the Italian Riviera. Aaaah! Bella Italia.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy ii

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Can there be a more dreamy place to dream than on this Umbrian rooftop on a warm summer’s eve?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue

Dialogue i        Dialogue ii


Dialogue iii

Dialogue iv

The dialogue between the photograph and the painting as it changes continues until that moment when the conversation ends and the painting is considered finished. The two photographs were taken at the magical Castello di Reschio in Umbria and the paintings completed in my studio back home. I have previously posted the different stages of the second painting, entitled Cypress Alleyway, in response to a previous WPC: Layers, for those of you who would like to have a “virtual” studio visit.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon 2

…with a few more days of the Horizon challenge to go, and having enjoyed so many of your wonderful photos, a second posting seems to be in order. Here are a few more dramatic images from travels near and far, beginning with one of the Twelve Apostles seen from a beach just below Victoria’s Great Ocean Road in South Eastern Australia, one of the great drives of the world…
…and what horizon could be more iconic than one from my old home town showing The Houses of Parliament, The Thames, Westminster Bridge and the London Eye; pure magic…
…or a hill of stately cypresses leading up to an Umbrian villa outlined against a glorious Italian sky. I think we should open the Prosecco don’t you…
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…or since we are now in Burgundy, and the harvest is over, perhaps we should be drinking a cool glass of Crémant de Bourgogne; mmmm delicious…
…one final stop before home to look in awe at Sedona’s majestic Cathedral Rock…
English Bay
…and so, home again to Vancouver’s English Bay with a sky that seems to have followed us all the way from The Great Ocean Road. I hope you have enjoyed these few global horizons, and I shall now continue to enjoy following yours. Now where did I put that bottle of Crémant?…