Barga at night – Painting in the dark – Richard Clare
For the third in the series of articles with the title “Barga at night” – the hidden side of Barga that people generally don’t see, we have something of a surprise. The artist Richard Clare read the first two articles, the bakery “Regio Bello” (article here) and the Pasticceria Lucchesi (article here) and decided that he too wanted to join the project with an idea that he had been thinking on for some time – painting Barga at night. So for the past week, he has been out and about with his easel and paints in various places in Barga Vecchia painting in the dark using just the available ambient street lighting.
The award winning photographer O’Connor ran into him at 2 am last night in Piazza Garibaldi as was working on the penultima of the series of small canvases. Today he finished his remarkable series with the last one just further down Via di Mezzo. He is now looking for a suitable place to exhibit these canvases before they are taken out of the country and split up.
Richard has often appeared on these pages since he moved to Barga with his family 6 years ago – In 2002 English landscape artist Richard Clare and his family came to Barga just for a holiday, but the magical beauty of Barga seduced them into buying a property here. Richard can often be seen wandering around Barga’s alleyways with his box of paints, sketching and painting plein-air. complete article with many images of his very colourful landscapes can be seen here
So how well do you know Barga? Can you name all of the places in his paintings? if so, maybe you can give Richard a hand as he wants to name the paintings, but is unsure what each location is called. Use the comments section at the end of this article.
There is also a fairly lengthy interview with Richard recorded in Barga in the podcast – click below to listen.