Thursday, 20 June 2013

Journey back from the "office"

In a constant updating of the pros and cons of living in Italy, I sometimes tend to mark the many difficulties and forget the advantages. Today I reflected on the gob-smacking panoramas I sometimes get to enjoy after a days work. Its madness that after a long and sweaty day's work between a high wall and the sun, I end up losing another hour on a 10 minute car journey home.. just because I have to keep stopping to take photo's. Humorously I was thinking to myself that perhaps whoever contributed to the Baroque style must certainly have come from the Langhe area, with it's endless volute of small, tight hills that sometime cause you to lose your sense of up, down, sideways, high and low! 
It is just SO beautiful all around me, and in that moment of realisation I find myself agreeing with Kant: beauty is not something that induces the desire for ownership, you emerge yourself in it, you become it.


Saturday, 8 June 2013

Short but sweet...

Finally got back onto this job after it was suspended for five months and started on the wall decoration. I carried the arches through to the floor to give a little extra height since the ceilings, at their lowest point, are around 1.50cm! Then I added a low Boiserie. The vertical walls were painted in acrylic since the family have children (so cleaning off dirt-marks will be inevitable)
I thought to add a couple of photo's of the early stages of the painted Boiserie. I also tried to do a panorama of the whole doubled ceiling together from my phone app...unfortunatly it has come out pretty badly stitched I'm afraid. Still, I think it gives a bit of an idea of what the space feels like.
Ps The two central pictures were allegories of music and human ingenuity...This space is most likely to become a games room!

Hope you all have a great weekend...'till next time.