Monthly Archives: April 2014

Fabbrecce – The Village beneath the Monastery


Umbrian village

Fabbrecce and Canoscio
Watercolour and ink
22cm x 33cm (Sold)

The little village of Fabbrecce sits below Sanctuario Canoscio, a lovely hill top monastery with commanding views of the Tiber Valley. A great way to reach it is to park your car in the village and follow the “Monks Walk” through the woods. The root is dotted with little shrines along the way and has lots of benches where you can take a break or have a picnic.

LongViewAlong with the church you can see the massive, day-glow blue crucifix, which, at night,  stands out for miles around. There is also a grotto and holy spring, here locals regularly go to collect bottles of refreshing water and light a candle.

The painting is a watercolour and ink picture, measuring 22cm x 33cm on heavy duty paper.

If you would like to buy an art poster of this  painting please click here.




Umbertide by the River Tevere

Umbertide watercolour

Umbertide by the Tevere
Watercolour and ink
22cm x 33cm (For Sale)

The Umbertide study was composed to compliment that of Citta di Castello. I like it when you have a series of pictures that obviously go together. The compositions balance each other with the Rocca and the unusual 16th century, octagonal church, Santa Marie della Reggia taking up the middle ground against the town wall and the railway bridge.

Umbertide Castle

La Rocca

On the right you have the curvaceous apex of Santa Croce, while the interesting Civitella Ranieri stands atop the hill behind. The background has the pale shape of Mount Acuto, a distinct double humped hill that can be seen for miles around the Upper Tiber Valley.

If you’d like a print or poster of the painting, click here. 😀

Citta di Castello

Umbrian town

Citta di Castello Watercolour and ink 22cm x 33cm (Sold)

Unlike many of Umbria’s towns, Citta di Castello languishes on the wide open plains of the Upper Tiber Valley. It has served as a crossing point and market town for centuries and possesses a good selection of classical Renaissance art in the Pinacoteca and is also home to the 20th century expressionist Alfredo Burri.

Citta di Castello, Italy

Town wall

Standing in Castello’s main car park you look up over the substantial town walls to see the cathedral, the unique bell tower (One of only two round towers in Italy) and the old medieval civic tower. The skyline is littered with a number of towers from other churches and each day at noon, the historic centre erupts into song  as together, they all chime out. In the background you can see the turreted facade of the Belvedere monastery, which stands high in the hills over looking Citta di Castello. Its monumental shape is lit up every night with spotlights and can be seen for miles around, glowing against the dark sky.

If you’d like a copy of this painting, prints can be bought here. 😀