Magna Grecia - Paintings from the South of Italy

A few weeks ago I returned from a residency in Italy. They put me up in Albanella, one of those picturesque mountain villages where you can sometimes buy a property for one euro. They took care of me there, cooked for me (every evening they prepared an Italian feast where the whole family gathered. Often friends from the neighborhood came too). They also drove me anywhere I wanted to paint, and I quickly got used to it.

The best thing was that I could devote all my energy and decision-making capacity to painting.
I have never felt so focused and undisturbed.

Several other painters from different parts of the world were invited along with me, all able to paint in plein air. Each with tremendous ability, dedication and passion that I sometimes miss in contemporary artists.
We became friends and this is definitely not the last time we painted together.