This was, for me, the most important painting I painted in Italy. It was the product of two months of work, painting the light, as it came off objects on a small roof terrace and onto the glass of my studio window. The left hand side corresponds more or less to May and the right side to June. I divided the window up into one centimetre squares, the same as the canvas, and from a fixed position, with one eye, to maintain consistency of vision, I painted just the colours as they floated onto the surface of the window pane, not even knowing sometimes what object they derived from. My aim was to focus just on the light (= colour) and its relative positions. As such, it has been described as a kind of 'time lapse impressionism', or an 'existential diary', recording the changes in time and light over two months. All is painted true, just for the moment in which it was observed. Shadows move, objects come in and out, washing is hung out and dries, rose-buds blossom as the days pass. The terrace is a microcosm of all life. I reworked it later in France in 2017.
Oil paint on linen canvas, egg & oil emulsion primer, damar varnish