The painting I was working on for our friends who took us on a whirlwind tour of Tuscany is not only done; it is also in their hands as of early this week. They called and were very pleased with their gifts including the painting. I'm very pleased both that they have it - finally - and that I can now post the painting. So here is "Castelnuovo di Garfagnana" (couldn't remember the name of the town so it's not on the painting - there wouldn't have been room for it anyway as it's a very small painting):
It's hard to see the painting clearly because it is photographed through glass. Below is another attempt to get a better picture.
The landscape in the foreground is exact. It consists of rows of grapevines, the grayish olive trees, and the typical-for-Tuscany cypress. I did take liberties with the olive trees close to the town; they are much to large, but I love the color and wanted the mass so I painted them that way. Where I really took creative license was in the town itself. The tower was there and so were buildings, but the size, shape, and number are strictly imaginary.
It was fun to paint, but I haven't decided if I will do another one for us. What do you think?