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Tuscany Episode 9: Aulella River, Lunigiana

Cat. No. 1304 Aulella River, Bibola, Italy – 9in x 11in – Oil on Board – 2019

I painted this scene as the sun was setting over the Appenine Mountains in Lunigiana, Italy. It was a spectacular winter evening with the mountains turning a dramatic bright orange just before the sun set.

I used a variety of techniques here. I started with several washes, thinned with turpentine, using the same approach as a watercolor painting. Then I added various impasto areas but leaving quite a bit of the washed areas showing. I also used a palette knife to scrape off various areas and suggest distance. The temperature of this painting is predominantly cool, with some gradual transitions of temperature moving into the distance.

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