A little still life painted in an old school Flemish
technique on an antique linen.
CHIAROSCURO is the Italian term that refers to a painting that features the topic flooded in light in front of a dark background. It really hands out the item and puts it on the palm of your hand.
Last March I had a chance to spent a couple of days in Florence. Finally I could meet THE GIANTS eye to eye and spend fleeting moments in silence in front of THE MASTERS. Michelangelo, Raffaello, Botticelli.
I haven't been the same since. This is a good thing, my friends.
Late one evening, while strolling back to our hotel (after a very satisfying , generous bowl of Ribollita) we came upon a small art studio on Via San Gallo. It was almost 11pm. The light was still on. The door was still open. Daniela Baldini was still at work.
The following day was to be "a big day" at the market, Daniela was busy trying to get some more pieces ready for "the tourists". Stacks and stacks of quick little watercolours of the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio. The stuff that paid the rent.
Her English wasn't good, our Italian even worse, but we managed to build a conversation. Daniela was very pleased to introduce us to her true calling: traditional still life painted using gouache, egg tempera and thin glazes of oil paint. Delicate studies of fruit, flowers, nuts and vessels.
That night this little POMEGRANATE became mine.
My very own piece of Florence.
You can visit her @ http://www.pitturantica.it/ to see more.
The frame that I chose to house my treasure is a reproduction of a 16Th-17Th century Italian frame. It features a hand painted sgraffito style leaf and bud design. The word sgraffito comes from the Italian verb sgraffiare = to scratch . This means that in an original Italian frame of the 16Th century the pattern was scribed through the finish surface, generally painted, to reveal the gilding or gesso underneath. We are talking about old world craftsmanship here.
Since I have no means of getting a hold of a five hundred year old Italian frame, this one will do.
It works for me.
What do you think?
More memories from Italy will follow shortly,
I will now leave you in a FINE SGRAFFITO FRAME of mind,
remember to be kind to your art,
Outi, The Frame Dame