New Materials Under the Paint The paintings just below this paragraph are from a workshop and a sojourn in Tuscany, Italy, June 2017. I did not have my usual materials with me, such as string and threads, but I did have the materials from the landscape itself and its impressions on me. Because the materials are new, the artwork took on a different kind of style and a new type of expression for me. Most of these canvases include raw cotton which I found at La Fratta in Sinalunga, Tuscany, Italy. The last image shows the raw cotton - which serendipity plays a part here since it is the bases for string or thread here in North America. Each painting is approximately 11 inches by 11 inches. They are all framed.