Alan Cotton  
 

Paintings - Piemonte

Dogliani in Evening Light 36" x 36" - 91cm x 91cm
Dogliani in Evening Light 36" x 36" 91cm x 91cm
  Montelupo seen from Diano D'Alba 24" x 24" - 61cm x 61cm
Montelupo seen from Diano D'Alba 24" x 24" 61cm x 61cm

"When I've painted there in late autumn I have been so turned on by the warm earth colours, with the tones of the receding hills modified by the mists. Sometimes the vine leaves are set against the sky in dark silhouette but often the light glows through them giving rich, luminous tones of gold and red."

"The beauty of the landscape is so spectacular, particularly when the distances are shrouded in mists, with layer after layer of tonal change. Sensibly the Italians built their villages, with villas, castles and churches, on the tops of hills and in silhouette these are quite breathtaking."

Golden Vines in The Langhe 14" x 14" - 36cm x 36cm
Golden Vines in The Langhe 14" x 14" 36cm x 36cm
  Rhythms of the Vines 36" x 36" - 91cm x 91cm
Rhythms of the Vines 36" x 36" 91cm x 91cm

"I love particularly the patterns of the landscape. This is the wine growing region of the renowned Barolo wine, where the vineyards create wonderful rhythms following the contours of the hills."

"Visually the area is quite stunning - the hills and valleys are so pronounced that you get vista after vista receding into the distance and there are more hill towns in that one region than anywhere else I have ever been, including Provence."

  A sketch by Alan Cotton


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