When I went to live in Florence I found the facade of Palazzo Vecchio very austere.
So severe and dark.
Nowadays it has become a familiar place because my job is to accompany the people inside to visit the museum and the so called "Cinquecento" room.
The execution of a watercolor is a fast but intense process. All decisions must be taken while the paper is still wet. The execution time of a 35 x 50 cm watercolor "alla prima" is about one hour. Every brush strokes is decisive because watercolour is transparent. The execution must be planned in advance. The design of the composition is as important as the decision about how to build the layers.
A watercolor done in this way is impossible to be replicated exactly in the same way twice. It is such a spontaneous and unrepeatable process. That’s why there are not easy watercolor paintings to copy . Water sometimes creates unexpected effects that even amaze the performer.
In this and next videos I share with you the making of my latest performances.
If you want to see more executions go to the demo.
I've been drawing without ever stopping since I was little. I had been drawing since before learning to write, but while I have never learned to write well and still today anyone has a lot of difficulty understanding my handwriting, drawing instead has always been successful and without any effort.
However, freehand nude drawing requires exercise, method and study of proportions. This type of learning must be done as early as possible in anyone's life in order to get the tools necessary to grow.
Travel sketchbook and my camera are inseparable trip companions.
The watercolor lends itself very well to be performed " en plein air " because the equipment is space-saving and non-greasy. You just need some water which is often your travel drinking water stock. The whole equipment stays in a small bag together with a pencil and sketch pad. With this minimal tools I collect ideas, I keep on training and make preliminary sketches for future works. I take note of the places, I write something, it is definitely an album of priceless "post its" that I always take the opportunity to bring with me on my journeys. Since I am a tour guide my job is to travel, there are actually many opportunities for me to practice.