Friday, October 11, 2013


ItaliaDead PaintingsArmory Show, etc.

Casa Giorgio Bianchi, oil on panel,  ca. 10x12, 1980

Above is a plein air sketch done near Radda, in Chianti, on my first Italian painting trip in 1980. I've learned a few things since then, but it still has a charm for me.

I post it now because the Newburyport Art Association and I are seeing about hosting a plein air painting adventure in Italy for 2014.

 Elena Bachrach has been fielding interest. We already have a number of artists who don't want to miss this. If you're thinking a Tuscan holiday might be just what the doctor ordered, write to Elena, soon (it's filling), to tell her of your interest . Nothing is yet set in stone, so your feedback will be very helpful.

This odyssey will include airfare, accomodations, some meals, and tuition. So get in touch with Elena, pronto!


Here are a couple of photos of paintings which you've seen before. But this time they're installed at Arcadia Contemporary's booth at the Avenue Art Antiques and Design Show at the Park Avenue Armory in New York (this weekend only).
I knew the Dutch doorway would be there, but Le Chemin de Pont Chevalier was a surprise (for BT). It's the one called "the vertical one" in old blog posts. At the time it seemed very tall and narrow, at 72" x 48". Now after the Door, at 89" x 44", it looks portly.

Peeking out on the farthest wall is a 24x36" painting, The Road to St. Pierre.


There are two DPS Sessions scheduled in October. The one on Friday, October 18th is full, but there are two places remaining in the session for October 25th. If you'd like to sign up, please write Sarajean Graham at


I posted this photograph on Facebook the other day. It features this artist picking up some landscape ideas, about 1947. No wonder I'm tired, now that it's 2013.



  1. Ah, the Vertical One is still my favourite. Magnificent lighting and colour. Feels so 3 dimensional. Thanks Don.

  2. Presumably all painting has come to a halt with the Red Sox pushing for the pennant. We will cross our fingers (and paws) over in France.