Logos: they have deep roots in history


“A picture is worth a thousand words,” they say. The desire to create a brand, a pictorial icon to represent you or your team, your mission or your endeavor, has deep roots in history. For centuries, crests, monograms and the use of symbols have been utilized to reflect individual people, families and their organizations, beliefs

The Amazing Etruscans


Cortona is a Tuscan village in Italy where my fellow workshop participants and I spent 4 days painting (May 2016), exploring the ancient history, and feasting on the food, the wine… It was incredibly enjoyable, as was the charm of the narrow cobblestone streets and clay tiled roofs.   The drive up to the town

Stripes in Florentine architecture


I loved the arches I saw in Florence, especially those that rise out of the columns and spread out so geometrically at the ceiling. But the gray and white stripes, WOW! See the photos of my favorite interior at the Cathedral in Siena (above). Was it meant to be just decorative or what? The Santa

The challenge of painting “simply”


After a day of exploring Cortona, Italy, a fascinating town of history and legends, I chose a beautiful stacked cluster of houses as the scene to paint for my study. It was windy and cool, with occasional heavy showers today, so I worked from a spot inside my hotel, looking out of a meeting room

Ispirazione a Firenze


LANDMARKS My first day in Florence was entirely focused on becoming acquainted with the neighborhood and getting around. I rented an apartment that is a 15 minute tram ride away from the city center and across the Arno River. I realized that this arched doorway and other beautiful landmarks were becoming a welcome reminder for