ARTIST IN RESIDENCE CONTINUED
March 20, 2020
CHIANTI and La Macina in San Cresci has found a place in our hearts , with lots of new experiences and wonderful Italian friends. Painting here in San Cresci has given me the opportunity to expand my techniques in Pastel painting and be more creative.
La Macina di San Cresci is an 11th Century Monastery in Tuscany where I stayed to complete a self directed 5 week residency from August 26th 2019. Set in an Olive and grape growing district in the Chianti region I wanted to convey the history and unique setting. Soft Pastels are ancient pigments and the works have an amount of pastel layering washed in with alcohol spirit which helps to convey the many hundreds of years and layers of the past in the surrounding countryside and villages. Olive and grape pressing took place inside the monastery when it was occupied by the monks from the adjoining church. Colours marks and textures all help to convey the story.
Fabriano 300gsm cotton rag paper is made in Italy and has the ability to withstand many layers of pastel before the final drawing is completed.