Morning in Italy
This drawing is an example of both the use of field notes and studio techniques to inform the approach to larger works such as “Hope.” Here there is a study directly inspired by the experience of the morning light across an Italian Landscape, including luxuriously rolling hills and orchard and cultivation marks decorating the fields. This study also includes a heavier use of collage to break into the ways elements are normally seen, most specifically the various trees including Fruiting Orchards and Cyprus.
Perhaps interestingly, there is a sample of Van Gogh as a Cypress amongst the collage. Whilst actually being a native of France, he respectfully belies that border discrepancy in order to allow a nod to the various artistic forebears who informed our way of perceiving the lands of central Europe.