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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Dr. Who Would Be Proud, The Then and Now.

 "Orta San Giulio"
By James Swanson / Traveler Jim M.
14" x 11" Oil on Canvas
 "Orta Lago"
By James Swanson / Traveler Anna T.
28" x 20" Oil on Linen

Welcome to Day Thirteen, of this 14 day Travel Paint Special Edition of The Artist and the Traveler. This special project needs an special guest, meet our guide Traveler Jim M.!  
Travelers Jim and wife Cathy
Jim and his wife Cathy took a 14 day trip to Northern Italy following the trail of PBS travel show host Rick Steves' Italian journey to see the real Italy.
Isola San Giulio in Orta
All photos are from Jim M's website. 
This Trip of Jim and Cathy's just gets better and better. From Venice, to Padua, To Ravenna, to Assisi. to Montone, to Orvieto, to  Agriturismo, to Loro Ciuffenato Certaldoto Lucca, to Carrara, to Vernazzaand now on to Orta San Giulio, what more can we see?
Piazza Mario Motta in Orta San Giulio

How about a little Time Traveling!
Church of the Assumption in Orta San Giulio
This next painting is about the story of two Travelers and two paintings and how they crossed paths, or how I bumped into Traveler Jim M. in the first place-sort of Dr. Whoish.
Traveler Anna and family
Part 1: I was working on a Traveler painting from the photo ( below right) with another Traveler, Anna T. from Italy. The photo was of her and her families trip to Orta San Giulio from years ago .

Traveler Anna T.s photo
from many years ago.
Jim M.'s photo from about the same
 spot a couple of  years later.
I was running into problems with the painting and couldn't get the visual answers I needed from Anna's old photo.
So I did a web search for Orta lago and found to my amazement a photo of almost the exact spot. And that all the buildings looked exactly like they did in Traveler Anna's photo still.
When I delved in a little farther and found Traveler Jim M's website. And one thing lead to another, and here we are 13 days into a 14 day painting trip.
So this is what I have for you. Two Travelers at the same time, but not in the same time. Wow, I feel like Dr. Who.
First Traveler Anna T.s and following that is Traveler Jim M.'s

This is the point in the painting that I ran into Traveler Jim M. His photo helped in a few things.
 Done! I really liked the color in Anna's photo. It's one of the things that drew me in to want to paint it in the first place.
 Detail from the painting.
  Framed and ready to go.
"Orta Lago"
By James Swanson / Traveler Anna T.
28" x 20" Oil on Linen
And now Part 2: Traveler Jim M.'s trip.
 From Traveler Jim M's Travel Journal. "Lake” Orta is the smallest of the major lakes in northern Italy (Maggiore and Como are much larger).  Along the way, we had lunch on the road at one of the Italian rest stops called “Auto Grilles”. The Auto Grilles are a combination gas station, convenience store, restaurant, and rest area.  A pleasant surprise, the food was prepared and presented similarly to a buffet at a nice restaurant, but was inexpensive and tasted great.

 We arrived in Orta San Giulio to a light rain.  Somehow, on the way into town, we “missed” the bus parking and Giorgio drove us all the way to the hotel (I think this was a violation of policy, but we didn’t get arrested).  We checked into the wonderful Hotel La Bussola and had a great view from our terrace

 Done. I have a little more work to do on the reflection on this one, but the paintings too wet to do much with it. It's good for now.
Details from the painting.
 Framed and ready to go.
 "Orta San Giulio"
By James Swanson / Traveler Jim M.
14" x 11" Oil on Canvas

Two for the single price of admission, not bad.Thanks goes out to traveler Anna T. and her family, and also to our wonderful tour guides on this trip Jim and Cathy.

This is day Thirteen, of this 14 day painting journey of Northern Italy, here are the links to see the rest Venice, to Padua, To Ravenna, to Assisi. to Montone, to Orvieto, to  Agriturismo, to Loro Ciuffenato Certaldo, to Lucca, to Cararra, to Vernazza.

Or go to The Artist and the Traveler.org to see them, and many more place and stories. New Travelers and stories are always welcome too! Until next time, Ciao!

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