I thought I would amuse myself by looking at some of the paintings I have sold and the stories around them. Then I had difficulty in picking one to start with because I could remember so many things about most of them.
But I finally settled on this one because it was a sort of collaboration between me and Amadeo the photographer.
It all started because I often take my camera and go round pisticci taking photos of anything and everything. Then I print out the best ones and keep them in a folder which I take to the market in Pisticci and have available in my studio for clients to check out if they want a painting . I have hundreds of photos now. Anyways I had this folder on my stand and Amadeo, presumably out of professional interest was looking through it when he saw a house he must have recognised. He went off and returned later with a lady and they looked through the folder till they found this photo again. My italian is not brilliant (or even average) which means there is always room for mistakes but after several minutes , the general idea was that Amadeo would go take a photo of the ladies house and I would paint it.
So several days later I went into his shop and he showed me the photo, which he had cleverly changed by adding a couple of extra flowerpots and deleting all the electrical cables etc.
I enjoyed painting it . It was a bit of a challenge to make the whites different but I enjoyed it and had it finished and delivered it just when I said I would. (He seemed surprised)
Instead of me leaving it in the shop, we went straight round to the house. It was strange because I had spent the previous few days looking a the photo . I hadn’t seen the actual house.
We went in. It was lovely inside too. I was shown all round and as is normal here the small space was used to make several rooms plus an upstairs. We sat and had a coffee, chatted, I got paid and then we left.
I love this painting. I think it’s a little romantic but nevertheless accurate record of someones house. I like the colours (White!) and I actually managed to get the lines more or less straight. But not only that .It was fun to work with someone else, to paint something pretty and to meet the house owner, and finally to leave my painting in that house.
When I look at it I see much more than a painting.