Monday, November 05, 2007

Autumn in Tuscany


Watercolour HP paper

There is no surer sign that autumn is here than when the persimmons ripen. The Tuscan countryside is a riot of warm colours but I always find the gold of the persimmons the most beautiful and most elusive. When the autumn palette has faded and fallen, this gorgeous fruit clings to the trees right into the winter. A persimmon tree in the snow is an unbelievable sight.

I painted this one in a small hand bound sketchbook made and presented to me by Marta when we met in Florence. I've finally christened it, Marta and thank you the paper is beautiful!

Still experimenting with watercolour on gessoed paper. Not as pleased with the persimmon below as I was with my first attempt in the previous post.



Watercolour on gesso

We've been painting autumn landscapes in watercolour class. I needed help from Gabriele to get our distant hilltop town right.


24 x 32cm Canson Fontenay CP 140lbs

The other sign that autumn has taken hold is the difficulty in getting enough colour temperature to photograph paintings in natural light. The greens and yellows are more vivid in the original. Before you suggest it, I've never had any luck scanning watercolours.

18 comments:

Bonny said...

Robyn, your painting of the countryside is to die for! You got the colours so right. We were there (Chianti/Greve and San Gimignano) in December just before Christmas and things look a lot more dreary then. I took some photos but it was way too windy to linger outdoors.
I just love this painting!

Lin said...

rOBYN -- These are so beautiful!! How I envy you the persimmons -- our raccoons get ours before they're evening THINKING about ripening! And I love your field too -- gorgeous work!!!

Robyn said...

Thanks Bonny - We stayed in both Greve and San Gimignano at that time of year when we used to holidayi in Italy. The great thing about it is there are hardly any other people braving that wind!

Lin - Thank you :) Actually I envy you. You can probably buy persimmons at the greengrocer but I can't buy raccoons!

mARTa said...

Mi piace molto that you liked your gift and have begun to use it! The persimon is so lovely...I like the first one best also.

I still haven't gotten my inner clock adjusted and was up at 4am today...and began to work some on my travel sketches. I am happy to be home but wishing I was still exploring Europe's wonderful cities.

Joan said...

Your persimmons are lovely. I don't think I've ever seen a persimmon tree. The landscape is gorgeous! You really showed the distance of the town so will with the variation in the colors. You're doing so well with the watercolors! Bravo!!

juj said...

Oh my goodness Robyn - that persimmon on top is simply stunning. I coiuld look at it all day. So balanced, so rich, so perfect... it's lovely.

caseytoussaint said...

I think both of the persimmons look great, in different ways. The subtlety in the top one is really lovely, but I like the brighter colors on the second one too - and your landscape is very successful. I'd love to see the original.

mARTa said...

Hi Robyn! Hope I'm not double posting...thought I had commented yesterday....ah me.
Mi piace molto the first persimon sketch and am glad to here the sketchbook has been christened.
Your landscapes are becomning more and more confident. This one is welcoming us into fall!

martha said...

These are gorgeous! That first persimmon looks like it's going to burst with ripeness! I do feel the Fall season in all of these.

Jeanette said...

Your watercolours are beautiful Robyn. THe persimmons! Sighing with envy... I only tasted my first a year ago, they're wonderful to both eat and paint.

Africantapestry said...

Beautiful persimmons Robyn. I love the top one! Your colours there are so rich, but yet soft and round. and your landscape is beautiful too. I actually like the softness here too, it suggests a calmness and almost gentle acceptance of the change in seasons.
ronell

Robyn said...

Thank you all for such generous comments. I wish I could send you all a persimmon. I've now been given another half dozen. I probably should face the challenge of painting them in oils.

Sharon said...

Both of the persimmons are beautiful, but the first one just glows!

brian nelson said...

Beautiful paintings!

Diane, Alberta - Canada said...

isn't it serendipity how we sometimes come across blogs? I can see why you have so many followers and commenters -- such exquisite art.

I'm intrigued. I've bookmarked you and will be back after the weekend when I can spend more time browsing and reading.

Diane
found my way here from Sassy Pat's followed to Plain Jane's and from there to here. I love what you're doing to raise money for the dogs and for the children.

You have me thinking I need to come up with a way to raise funds to help out a few causes. Great work!

Diane
http://sandtoglass.blogspot.com/
http://dogsnaturally.blogspot.com/

Bob and Rosemary said...

Your paintings are lovely! I remember how incredible the persimmons looked on the autumn trees and paited them also, in my own journal when we lived in Italy. We returned to the states in April after two years there. I envy you still living there!

Robyn said...

Many thanks Sharon & Brian.

Diane - I look forward to you visiting again. I'm afraid I'm not the blogger who has been collecting for dogs and children. Perhaps I should be. Now I'm feeling guilty.....

Rosemary - I think everyone returns to Italy eventually. I bet you had a wonderful two years though.

Diane said...

Robyn, that's what happens when I read too many new blogs and keep moving on before writing a note. I still adored your paintings, especially that first persimmon. I'll stop by again -- but will be careful not to rush so much and inadvertently add comments about my previous blog visits. So pleased I found my way here!

Diane at Sand to Glass and Dogs Naturally (Canada)

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