Bicycles & a little more from a Subscriber

It seems wheels and bicycles are a fascination for many. For J of Sandringham the blog on Wheel Art brought back a happy experience in Florence, Italy in 2014. This is her Blog posting.

Travelling with a girlfriend their quest was to find a painter – Luca Rafanelli - whom some Sydney friends had discovered a few years earlier in the backstreets of Florence, on the same side of the River Arno as the Pitti Palace.

They were thrilled to find his workshop one night walking home from dinner and instantly recognised the painting in the window – he always features a bicycle. Of course they returned the next day – both girls fell in love with Luca (you can see why from the photo) – he was very dishy! They mentioned their Australian friends and he remembered the painting he sold to them.

Luca was a gentle man, time was not important to him and he loved talking about his paintings and his life in Florence, where he had lived his whole life. He selects his frames first, usually something old and then contemplated the subject to suit. He told us he only completes about 10 paintings a year. They purchased one (photo attached, it’s a bit washed out, it has quite rich amber background, very Italian!) – we felt Luca was sorry to part with it.

J found a blog link below – Luca still includes bicycles and often umbrellas – these days it seems he has adopted red for the umbrellas. I have chosen three of his paintings to show you. Check out the link for more paintings.

Luca Rafanelli's business card is hand drawn and of course features and bicycle and umbrella.

In the 1980’s J’s sister discovered a metal sculptor in Sydney – Andy Williamson – several of his metal sculptures were purchased. J’s is a penny farthing, his shoe laces are a bit tattered now but it still sits in a corner on her lounge room floor.

A search on Google indicates Andy Williamson now lives in Tasmania – here are a couple of his other works. The first is titled A Film Director.
And this one is A Pianist.

Perhaps you have an interesting photo or picture featuring wheels or bicycles? Please send them in to

Thank you J of Sandringham for your contribution to the ArtBlog. And now we are off back to Barcelona to be entertained at Els Quatre Gats. I am sure we will meet a pianist and a few directors. And some other shadowy figures!

Anne Newman

Oil Painter in realistic genre style, predominantly buildings and people. To continue the discussion contact Anne on or phone +61 407 516 522

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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