Norcia, Umbria

Shop Sign, Norcia, Umbria

Great Signage, Norcia, Umbria

Umbria is one of my favourite regions in Italy. It has some great wines, particularly Montefalco Sagrantino and of course, fantastic food. The first time we visited in 2002 we stayed at the Relais il Canalicchio, a beautiful old hotel that boasted commanding views over the tranquil countryside. I did a number of sketchbook studies around the hotel including a view of the hotel itself. The owners ended up commissioning me to do a limited edition print of the Relais to sell to their guests.

It proved to be an excellent base to explore from. On one of our day trips we visited a small town called Norcia, renowned for its truffles and wild boar salami. It nestles at the foothills of the Sibillini Mountains where there are “lupo”, wolves. We came across many shops selling local produce, the distinctive aroma of truffles and salamis drawing us in, but this one really caught our attention.

“We produced and we sell the bestest chocolate of the world” and “Bitter and Grappa to the truffles” are statements that are irresistible to any foodie. “Biscuits worked on stone” are a must! As I’m writing this post, I’m tempted to make a return, so one has to say that the signage, despite its translation, still works.

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British artist Alan Reed, was born in Corbridge in the North of England into a family with a history of painting. "I have been passionate about painting all my life and committed to helping others through my paintings". Alan trained as an illustrator / graphic designer in the North of England and spent the early part of his career doing artist impressions of new building projects for architects. Alan Reed specialises in landscapes, cityscapes and portraits both in watercolours and oils. His unique, fluid style captures the atmosphere of different settings from the drama of city life to the serenity and beauty of a rural landscape. Alan Reed has had many successful exhibitions both in the UK and abroad including those at the Mall Galleries in London, Malcolm Innes Gallery in Edinburgh, Italy, the USA and the Middle East and has been a regular exhibitor of rowing scenes in the Stewards’ Enclosure at the Henley Royal Regatta. 2013 Winner of "The Artist's Prize" in the Royal Watercolour Society Competition 2013 with his painting "Jebel Akhdar, Oman". The painting was exhibited at the Bankside Gallery, London.   2011 Alan Reed - Winner of the "Circus Painting Prize" in the Bath Prize. Alan Reed's painting of  “Pump Room in the Snow” was highly commended in the Bath Prize. 2011 Alan Reed - One of the finals with his painting of "Grey Street" in the "Show me the Monet" programme shown on BBC2. 2010 Alan Reed - 1st runner up in "The Bath Prize" with his original painting of "The Royal Crescent, Bath". Alan Reed's painting of the "The Roman Baths by Torchlight" was also highly commended in the Bath Prize. Artist Alan Reed's approach to painting is described in a book
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