The warm, sunny colours of mid-day in Calabria.
The penultimate step of the painting. At this stage I didn't like how it was blasting right off the top of the canvas and felt some more softening marks were needed around the bottom edge of the composition.
Here are the basic colours laid down. The building is time-worn and faded by the centuries of hot noonday sunshine.
You can see that right off the bat I was remembering the Calabrian sunshine.
The painting always starts with a fabric collage and then the appropriately toned photos are found to complement those colours. I also look for details in the photos that will reflect some of the patterns in the fabric. It's important to start off with a good fabric composition. It's tricky to find the right photos (I'm running out!) and then to determine what size and level of saturation to print them. The really annoying, fidgety stage is combining the photos and fabric as it involves machine and hand sewing, followed by a very messy gluing session. In the end, it's the painting that's the easiest part.