14 Jan 2016

An Italian hill town artist



I bought this hand painted plate during the last trip to Italy on behalf of our son so that he could give it to our DiL. We had seen it in the window of a shop and studio in a local town whilst he and our grandson were staying with us for a few days. Unfortunately the shop was closed at the time and as they had to travel home before we could all return I did so on another day.



The picturesque scene painted on this particular plate is based on a well-known courtyard in the old town and near the artist's studio.  As you look into the courtyard through the entrance gates you can see a fragment of a 1st century A.D. marble Roman calendar.  It recalls the feasts of the first three months of the year, the dies nefasti, that is, days in which business may or may not be conducted.



Above, if you look closely you can see I've captured the reflection of my husband, son and grandson which I only noticed later.  Whilst I was taking photos a resident came and took them on a tour of the newly restored medieval town hall as he thought they were tourists so I missed out on a visit.  Since we sometimes go to the town hall on business I'm sure there will be another opportunity to look around.


On my return to the shop I met the artist and her husband. I was invited into her little studio at the back of the shop and they were very happy for me to take photos.  Talking to artists about their work is not only interesting, but always makes a purchase special and more personal.






As I sit at my desk to write this I've glanced out of the window and see that fine snowflakes are falling, although it looks more like sleet than a heavy snowfall.
Whatever the weather is like where you are when you read this and whatever you're doing I wish you a good day.


24 comments:

  1. What an amazing studio, loved the plate. We have rain here but the temperatures have dropped quite a lot.

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    1. There are many small art studios, craft workshops tucked away everywhere. It's always good to see talented people at work.

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  2. That plate is amazing. I thought it actually was a courtyard picture and not a painting. A wonderful historic area to have their studio. Much inspiration around. So lovely that you were able to meet and visit with them. Thanks for stopping by my corner of the world.

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    1. As you can see the lady has favourite subjects that she paints including scenes of well known places in the town. Hand painted items, being unique, make lovely gifts.

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  3. Lovely courtyard plate and so nice you were invited into the studio that makes your purchase even more special.

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    1. I think people are pleased when someone takes an interest. It's a shame our DiL couldn't be with us, but she's an artist and appreciated the artwork on the plate and subject. She knows about the history of the courtyard from a past holiday.

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  4. The plate is gorgeous and I know exactly what you mean about talking to the artist!!!

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    1. There were some beautiful items in the shop. My favourite was the green plate with the fruit and wine on it and the rectangular plaques depicting plants, fruit etc. from the four seasons.

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  5. What a beautiful plate and how wonderful to see the place depicted on it and to meet the artist too. I woke up at five this morning and saw it was unaturally light and so quiet I just knew it had snowed. Everywhere was white over but it had all gone by lunchtime:)

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    1. Talking to the artist and her husband was interesting. We know how important it is to encourage local small businesses in out-of-the-way places.

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  6. Your daughter-in-law will love the plate, I know that I would. All the art work in that little studio looks so beautiful.

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    1. We had a present opening session when we got together with the family on New Year's Day. The plate was an extra gift and a lovely surprise from our son to our DiL and was much appreciated.

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  7. What a lovely memento, and how kind of you to return to buy it. How great too that you got to meet the artist as well. xx

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    1. Our DiL appreciated the plate for the work that had gone into it.

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  8. What a talented lady she is, and how lovely that you actually got to meet her and see her studio and the way in which she works.
    They keep threatening snow, but nothing here so far.

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    1. I'm usually shy about asking if I can take photos of the people I meet in this way, but the lady and her husband were very gracious especially as they knew I wanted to show my DiL the inside of the shop, the studio and the artist herself.
      I'm glad snow didn't settle and today is cold, but sunny.

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  9. the plates are so beautiful and I like the courtyard a lot.. the plate i like best is the one with the pansy's. looks like they have plates for everyone's taste.. people think i am a tourist a lot. because i snap things where ever i am. i have never seen anyone taking photos of normal things, just beaches and things like that.

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    1. All the plates were beautiful and there were other small handpainted items that I would have loved myself. I usually have a camera with me when I'm out and about in case I spot anything unusual to snap.

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  10. What fun to be invited back to the shop.

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    1. It was encouraging for the artist and her husband that we took an interest in her creativity and this small business.

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  11. What a talented lady, and such a fabulous little shop! I really enjoyed the scene on the plate, and seeing the venue.....the reflections were a little bonus too!xxx

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    1. It's always a bonus when reflections are ones that add interest to a photo.

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  12. The plate is lovely and I can see why your son wanted you to buy it for him. It captures such a fascinating glimpse of the long history of Italy with the courtyard and its fragments of Roman calendar. How interesting to be allowed to visit the artist's studio and take photos.

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    1. Being able to bring back the plate that our son chose for his wife worked out well. Our DiL appreciated the gift, my account, the photos of the artist and her studio.

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