European landscapes

European landscapes this time! A tiny taste of something more exotic (depending of course on where you live).

Scooterscape; acrylic on linen panel, 20x25cm, Was $300, now $270

Colourful Rome in summer. Painted plaster walls, lime green foliage, cheeky scooters dodging cars, or lining the streets. There is energy and beauty in the simplest streetscape.

Centuries apart; acrylic on linen panel, 25x20cm, Was $300, Now $270

The juxtaposition of ancient and ‘old’ is everywhere in very old (built) civilisations. In Rome it stands out because the ancient is literally crumbling! The stones have stories to tell as is often said. Unfortunately I can’t tell you which wall this is or where we were at the time, but the contrast and tension between these two edifices as they seem to stand nose to nose is almost palpable. The shiver of blue between them highlights their near connection.

Piazza del Popolo; acrylic on linen panel, 25x20cm, Was $300, Now $270

This Piazza was remarkable to me because I saw it in a quick glimpse as we passed the huge archway. My snapshots captured the architecture and I conjured up the people, including the colourful tourist who reminds me of a friend as she stands waiting for someone.

These three paintings were developed from photographs taken from the bus window as I left Rome when a holiday regrettably had to be cancelled. Happy relics however. I hope you like them too!


three virtual friendships

An exciting week in which the virtual intersected happily with the actual three times!

It started on Monday when I received a lovely package of art from my friend PC at little bits of sheffield and steelcitystatic. Wonderful images of street art around Sheffield (and from the Peak district). Many seen on-screen, now held in hand! How amazing that seems, and a touch of handwriting too. Thank you for your generous gift PC.

And then this morning, an invitation from Kelly Medford. Kelly has asked a number for friends to join her to paint in Rome in October 2013.  As a virtual friend, I got a huge kick out of this! Have you seen Kelly’s blog? She is currently undertaking 120 consecutive days of painting in Italy and creating some wonderful pieces under this pressure. All 6×8″ and done with gear that she packs on a bicycle!

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

Here we are closing the studio on Sunday arvo. Free for other things!
So, it was off to town today to see some art. First stop, the National Wine Centre to see the Kangaroo Island Fine Art show on the theme of “Coast and Seagrass Meadows.” The lovely Fleur Peters from Kangaroo Island Fine Art Gallery remembered me from our last meeting in Kingscote in May when I was with my brother (the islander). As we spoke a little more and I mentioned some info from facebook, a big happy wave of recognition passed over Fleur’s face. She then said “Now I know who you are!” She knew my online persona more than my offline one!

So, three nice surprises in one week! How refreshing life can be.

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

I see now that this person is actually taking in refreshment of a different sort. Perhaps the time had come.

How about you. Have you had similar happy intersections of the virtual and the real?