Monday, November 21, 2011

Congratulations Pat Bragg! Here your free painting


This painting of mine  just left my studio to reach for Pat Bragg in Canada. Pat is the winner of this acrylic on Canson paper titled 'Lady Awaiting'. She receives  free as a 1st prize in my contest 'I write therefore I am' (connected with the 'Critic for a Day' contest) -- among those who commented on my website art Portfolio. Read Pat's two reviews here:

Live in painting : ) Francesco

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Congrats Anji! You Save the Birds

This painting of mine was shipped yesterday to Angela Grainger in Portland, OR, USA. Anji won this oil 'Save the Birds', given free as a 2nd prize in my contest 'Critic for a Day'. Check her review and the relevant art here:

Live in painting : ) Francesco

PS. The story of Save the Birds:

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

My little wooden bear

OK I feel kinda sweet! This is my little wooden bear, living in my studio for years now. Oil on Canvas 17 x 17 cms (7 x 7 inc) Value 440 EUR. I offer it for 440 US$ including shipping in the next 48 hrs] Check out my Portfolio here: View, comment, buy

Monday, June 13, 2011

Portfolio Preview

Win a free painting by just posting a comment

Go to my new  Portfolio of Works and win one of the paintings below at your choise. As you enter the Portfolio, select the collection and painting you like then click on the Post a a comment line.
You can comment as many artworks you want -- including those that are part of your collection.

Please enter your comment by June 22, 2011.

You can also click on the Like button to share on Facebook, but you need to post a comment to qualify for this giveaway. Don't be flattering. I will award the most intriguing, eye-opening and original comment!

The prize will be delivered free worldwide by June 30, 2011, and the winner announced in this website and on Facebook. Now enjoy the visit to my Portfolio !

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Paris & Giverny Plein Air Workshop

A tour off the beaten path
My Paris workshop will start on the Ile St Louis -- in the very heart of Paris on river Seine, at the isle corner looking at the Louvre.

Here we'll have a couple of preparatory sessions -- where I'll introduce to the procese of quickly set up and depict a plein air view. Dry and water media are preferred -- but oil is welcome if you have a basic experience with a light easel and/or pochade box.

Dates: 4 thru 9 July, 2011

Further on we'll change locations, thru a tour off the beaten path, that will include Canal Saint Martin, a city overview from the hill of Bellville and other surprising sites, I've selected exclusively for you. Did I tell you I lived in Paris and started my career there?

And as a cherry on the cake -- we'll also make a day visit to Giverny, at the house and pond of Claude Monet. The best way to get into the artist mood and get inspired by the spirit of the Impressionists.

Treat yourself with this different way to experience Paris and to develop your talent!

Confirrm your space now!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Meet me in America - An inspirational tour

I’ll be travelling in the US for eight full days next April. My purpose is to paint out the ‘American beauty’, meet family and friends, and explore business opportunities.

If you wish to meet me over a coffee, please write me to

I’ll be around the East Coast from 10 to 19 April. I will drive from NYC to Virginia on Friday 15. Everyone is welcome..

Artists who wish to share a free paint out
Painters who want info on my summer and fall workshops in Italy and France
Venues willing to host my workshop in 2012
Collectors wishing to view my wet paintings and portfolio
Galleries and media

Get in touch! Francesco |

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Provence beyond the color of lavender

From red poppies to the green waters

For us painters, always hunting for colors, Provence is not only the indigo - purple of lavender but a rich palette of hues and tints. Two years ago, a huge field of red poppies suddenly revealed itself as we were driving on the road to Gordes. We dropped off the van and sat up our easels. What a wonderful session!

Orange is also a major character: the yellow - red ochre rocks in Roussillon, are a rare sight indeed. The emerald waters of the source of River Sorgue, are the unmistakable mark of Fontaine de Vaucluse.

Next dates in Provence (15 - 22 May)

In May, Provence is a hive of poppies and sunflowers. With a little luck - depending on the season - this year well be dipped in red and yellow, and in the thousands of hearth 'nuances'.

Book your space here!

Colors are not the only qualities that make Provence a special place. The sense of savoir vivre, the good living that keeps track of time, is a perfect blend of ingredients: space, light, food and wine. The eye of a painter will make painting in Provence an unforgettable experience!

Places are limited and allowed in order of reservation

Choose your accommodation now

Live in painting! Francesco Fontana

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