“The Dreamers”

The Dreamers is the first painting of a new series I’m working on in these months. Two lovers are just resting after love. They enjoy the sun, they enjoy nature, they enjoy life. This painting is a celebration of life,  of love and of beauty. The Dreamers is a painting oil on canvas, 27,5 x …

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Portrait study after Sargent

Who doesn’t know the gorgeous portraits by John Singer Sargent? He was a famous American painter, born in Massachusetts in 1820 and died in London in 1925. He is generally considered one if the most famous portrait painters of XIX Century. His beautiful portraits speak for themselves. I’ve studied his painting technique and  many of …

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Portrait of Cassandra by Sara Calcagno

Portrait of Cassandra

I painted this portrait in 2017, after a painting workshop in Tuscany, that I organized with the wonderful American painter Michelle Dunaway We were in Val d’Orcia, exactly in the property in which some of the most beautiful scenes of the movie “The Gladiator” were filmed. Do you remember the movie the Gladiator by Ridley …

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After Rembrandt - Portrait of an Old Man - Sara Calcagno

Some thoughs about studying the Masters

Like most of us, I love Rembrandt  and his paintings.. In particular, I find his portraits particularly beautiful and intense and I totally love his technique! I like the thickness of his painting and the apparent  roughness of his style in some points. Rembrandt was certainly very modern for his times and I find his …

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A color study of autumn colors

Last sunday I made this little colored painting with the technique wet on wet (or “alla prima”). The subject is a basket full of red and yellow apples. It is taken after a photo I made a couple of years ago, exactly in an autumn day like these ones. Autumn inspires me always very much. …

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Copy after Todorovitsch - by Sara Calcagno

Studying Todorovich

Dear friends, just a little study after a painting by Joseph Todorovich representing a red-haired young girl outdoor in plein sun and with closed eyes. I love this portrait, I find it poetic and full of magic. If you wish to commission me a portrait, I would love to paint an impressionistic painting.. I love …

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Another painting of my series “Selfies with the Masters”

One  my last projects is the one “selfies with the Masters”.. and, after a self portrait with Rembrandt and the very uncomfortable one with Caravaggio… now on my easel  there is a new self portrait with a great master of the Past: Alma Tadema. Hope you will enjoy it!

Waiting for the Boats, Walter Langley

Perchè il Realismo? Il discorso di Fred Ross.

Ecco la traduzione in italiano del magnifico discorso di Fred Ross sulla rinascita del Realismo nell’arte. Fred Ross è fondatore e presidente della benemerita fondazione americana Art Renewal Center (ARC).
E’ una lunga lettura ma vi assicuro che ne vale la pena!

Merry Christmas!

Siamo arrivati anche quest’anno al Natale e, in questo periodo, è quasi una tradizione che io dipinga un soggetto natalizio (in foto solo un dettaglio del dipinto). Quest’anno ho scelto una natura morta molto ricca di oggetti. Una stella di natale, un orsachiotto, uno schiaccianoci, un pupazzetto che danza, diversi libri, un piccolo angioletto da …

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Studiare Roberto Ferri..

Dopo diversi studi su Rembrandt, Velazquez ed ultimamente, uno su Caravaggio .. è arrivata la volta di Roberto Ferri. Roberto Ferri è uno dei pittori  contemporanei  che preferisco,  i suoi dipinti hanno una forza ed un’energia che pochi pittori riescono ad eguagliare.. E, come se non bastasse, ho la immensa fortuna di averlo come maestro. …

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Self portrait with Caravaggio

Uncomfortable  situations… 😊😊 Self portrait with Caravaggio (work in progress) Dear friends, this is the painting I’m working on in this moment. It’s a study after Caravaggio but it’s also a self portrait (with him).. At the moment I’ve almost finished Dave and Golia (Caravaggio) but I’ve got still only the drawing of me. As …

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