Late Afternoon Shadows

8 x 10 Print

Printed with archival inks on

100% Cotton Rag Photo Paper


Late Afternoon Shadows was inspired by a cluster of trees just up the hill from Florence’s well-known Piazzale Michelangelo. (Please see the book excerpt at right for a little background on this painting).

Trees fascinate me. This may have something to do with my background in architecture: the trunks remind me of columns, and I find that a canopy of branches can lend the same sense of comfort as a room. The columns supporting the loggias that wrap around the cloisters that I am so drawn to are also reminiscent of tree trunks . . . and I always loved the concept of architect Fay Jones’ Thorncrown chapel, an organic structure that beautifully melds with the woods that surround it.

My original 10 x 12-inch oil painting is reproduced on 100% cotton, museum-grade paper. The image itself measures 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm), and is surrounded by a narrow white border. The print is titled & signed on the back, and packaged in a clear archival sleeve. (Click on the image for a larger view; please note that the images you see on the site are saved at a low resolution for the web, but they are of course printed at high resolution.)

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9 - Late Afternoon Shadows - 8 x 10 Fine Art Print

“A little park sits on the last incline between San

Salvatore and San Miniato. In the shade of umbrella

pines and other evergreens, the older generation of Florentines set up lawn chairs brought from home, forming sociable conversational groups. Branches hover over one bench that sits on its own, creating a kind of outdoor room: Architecture designed by Nature.

In this pleasant spot the late afternoon light is stunning and the shadows of trees move slowly across the wall

of the Franciscan Missionary Center next to San Salvatore. I have tried to record the effect in a small study in

oils, but really a whole series would be needed

to explore the ever-changing shadows, the way the

foliage captures the sun as the hours pass, the

sense of structure created by the tree trunks.”

~ From the Piazzale Michelangelo chapter of

The Piazzas of Florence

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