Monday, November 10, 2008

View Through the Arch, Italy

This painting is based on one of the beautiful photos sent to me by my friend, Jona (http://jona-sunnydays.blogspot.com/) ..... during her recent trip to Italy.

I LOVE arches of all kinds -- there's an entire book of symbolism connected with this structure. Passing through an arch is the symbolic act of rebirth, of leaving the old behind and entering the new. They often mark access into holy places. Arches have also been seen as a link to heaven, sanctuary and a secret place. To me, there is something of 'connectivity' within an arch, the bridging of one thing to another. Whatever they mean, though, I really love them! And this scene!

It'll be a busy day today as we prepare for our state-wide conference tomorrow. There won't be much painting time, but I hope to get in a sketch or two.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

13 comments:

Robyn said...

This is a favourite, Lin. Beautiful perspective and lovely watercolour washes. The cat is a charming touch.

Anonymous said...

Oh I lovelovelove the depth on this one -- incredible work Lin. And the soft colors are so summerlike! But oh that cat, the perfect touch!! Beautiful beautiful painting!!
And your text but arches is lovely.
Hugs,
Lorraine

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Beautiful, rich, clean vibrant colors .. it may be my favorite also.

squawmama said...

There you go again painting my very favorite thing... Italian, Tuscan any thing from Italy... Great one Lin... Have a great day!

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Carole said...

This is another belting good painting, Lin. I love the sunlight, the cat, the perspective and the soft colours. It makes me want to be there!

Teri C said...

OMG Lin, this is my all time favorite to date!!! Simply stunning!!

Linda said...

Lin -- I love the shadows in the foreground and that spot of light in the middle. It lets me know I'm standing in a cool secluded place looking out -- perfect!
:-)

Joan said...

I'm so glad I found a computer to use at this hotel. Lin, this is BEAUTIFUL!! The arch is perfect and so reminiscent of Italy!

bonnyracca said...

Outstanding, Lin!!! I have to put my vote in that this is my favourite one of all you have done so far. (Except the one with the Bougainvillia;))

Gorgeous!!!

laureline said...

Wow, this draws the viewer in so powerfully! I know you are going to be in heaven when you go to Italy this spring ( you ARE going this spring, aren't you?) and can sketch this kind of scene en plein air.

Sandy said...

Perfect, in paint and pen and sentiment!

Teresa said...

WONDERFUL!!!!! Great color choices and SO very inviting! A+++++++++ !!!

Jona said...

Wonderful motive, beautifully painted. Are you sure the photo is from me? Don't recognise it really.
Nice info and point of view about arches.