I am in Tuscany again for the august sketching. Tuscany sketchbook 2022 is a handmade album 3×3 cm with leather cover bought near here, in Vinci, last year. Now it came back to where it came from to collect the atmospheres of motherland of Leonardo da Vinci.
They come from Vinci, like Leonardo. Three handmade mini sketchbooks 3×3 cm have been purchased in Leonardo’s native town in 2021. One of them became the sketchbook of Eurovision 2022 in Torino.
I have a plan
This year I would like to be more essential in my lines and spots. I exercised during The 100 day project and now its time to sketch the Tuscany atmospheres in extra small format.
Here they are, the memories of the summers spent in Tuscany from Lamporecchio to Vinci, Vinci, Larciano, Fucecchio and Florence. The most of these sketchbooks are in private collections now.
The new beggining
The new travel sketchbooks start from Tuscany. This year three new blank sketchbooks arrived from Leonardo da Vinci’s matherland. The same colours of the covers, the same shop and the same size 3×3 cm.
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Colors of the wine is the project made of 10 pages of watercolors with red wines of Italy and the stories of the regions the come from. The project will be a part of a special selection at “Matite in viaggio 2020” collective in Venice called “Wine civilization in Italy, in Europe, in the world”.
The project Every wine has its own character, destiny, perfume and colour; the taste comes after. Some wines like Freisa, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese take their names from the wine grapes; other wines like Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Barolo has taken their names from the places whey come from. The landscapes, people, culture and traditions – everything is connected in the amazing harmony. This magic connection between places and wines gave origins to the idea to paint the wine places of Italy with only one colour: the colour of wine.
Piedmont is the region of Italy that gives origins to the great wine grapes. Here Nebbiolo, Barbera, Freisa are grown. Let’s discover their colours and their mother lands with Langa hills running far far away.
Barbera grapes is believed to have originated in the hills of Monferrato in central Piemonte, Italy, where it has been known from the thirteenth century. Barbera del Monferrato takes its name and origins from these antique wine grape.
Bonarda Piemontese, now officially listed simply as Bonarda but also known as Bonarda di Chieri and Bonarda del Monferrato is a red wine grape variety that is grown in the north-western region of Piedmont. Today is found in scattered plantings along the left bank of the Tanaro river near Govone. Bonarda Piemonte is the wine that took its name from this kind of grape.
Freisa is a red Italian wine grape variety grown in the Piedmont region of north-west Italy, primarily in Monferrato and in the Langhe, but also further north in the provinces of Turin and Biella. Freisa is a vigorous and productive vine whose round, blue-black grapes are harvested in early October. Freisa d’Asti takes its name from the grape and the land where it grows.
Tuscany with its reach landscapes from green and blue Maremma to the desert fields near Florence and hills of Chianti region is the land of Sangiovesse wine grape that gives origins to numerous wins from Brunello di Montalcino to Chianti.
Brunello di Montalcino is a red DOCG Italian wine produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino, in the province of Siena, located about 80 km south of Florence in the Tuscany wine region. Brunello, a diminutive of Bruno (“brown”), is the name that was given locally to what was believed to be an individual grape variety grown in Montalcino. In Montalcino the name Brunello evolved into the designation of the wine produced with 100% Sangiovese grape.