Fivizzano Plums

Pencil on paper, in preparation for painting

Original sketch NFS
(Framed) mounted Giclée prints available

Reine Claudes are an ancient plum variety named in honour of Claude (1499–1524), the Duchess of Brittany and queen consort of King Francis I of France (1494–1547) (Source: Wikipedia). When holidaying in Tuscany in August 2015 I bought these plums from a greengrocer in the sleepy old hillside village of Fivizzano. Back in our villa in nearby Pian de Molino I scattered the plums onto a table to catch them in the Tuscan afternoon light. This sketch is a study in preparation for a larger oil painting on linen, which I will have with me at the Reading Contemporary Art Fair in April 2016.